Since millions of gallons of toxic coal ash and contaminated water spilled from an unlined Duke Energy waste pit into the Dan River in February, there’s been a lot of talk, but little action.
This image is of the coal ash spill at Duke Energy’s plant on the Dan River. Photo credit: Wake Forest University Center for Energy, Environment & Sustainability.
Last week, Gov. McCrory sent a letter to Duke Energy asking the company to provide options and costs for removing their toxic coal ash from unlined pits near our waterways. He gave them the deadline of March 15 to respond.
That doesn’t mean the state will take action. But you can help change that.
It is long overdue for Duke Energy to clean up its act. That’s why we are raising $37,000 by March 15th to hold Duke Energy accountable. That’s $1,000 for every coal ash pit in North Carolina.
That’s right. There are 37 of these unlined coal ash pits, most of them near waterways. And with your help, we can pressure them to move these toxic coal ash pits away from our waterways and into high and dry lined landfills.
It’s easy for politicians to call for solutions in a time of emergency. But real leadership is shown when those calls to action turn into enforceable laws with deadlines for clean up.
By acting now, you can mobilize public support across the state to call upon legislators to hold Duke Energy accountable. Your support will rally our 50,000 members and supporters– a presence in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties–who are well positioned to take on this challenge. Please join us today in this cause!
And with more than four decades of experience in advocating for the environment before the North Carolina General Assembly and Executive branch, we are well-prepared to take this on.
For people who live and play on the Dan River, things may never be the same. But you can help make a difference for other communities across the state.
State Director of the NC Sierra Club
P.S. – Every dollar you give stays right here in North Carolina. Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $37,000 to help our work to hold the Governor and legislators accountable and urge them to find cleanup solutions for the 37 toxic coal ash pits that threaten our waterways.