Sierra Club NC Chapter – Special Legislative Update – Some Good Environmental News

Protect Enviro DemocracyDear Friends,

A mid-week legislative update is in order due to some good news on the House version of the budget. You may have heard that the Senate budget had some bad environmental provisions. We got most of our requests for changes to environmental aspects of the Senate budget (S 744) – in the revised House version, released today, thanks to Rep. Tom Murry from Cary, Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural & Economic Resources.  Representative Murry’s committee removed Senate proposals to put taxpayer funds towards fracking, and at the same time, increased funding for coal ash cleanup and stormwater pollution controls for our most polluted lakes (amongst other changes). The House and the Senate will need to agree on a final budget in the end, so we don’t know that all the improvements will be kept, but its great to see the House going in a positive direction.

Action Recommended:

Please thank Rep. Tom Murry (R – Wake) for his leadership on improving the budget on environmental issues by calling or sending an email, especially if he is your representative. Additionally, please ask your Senator to keep the House budget changes to environmental sections.

Fracking:

The Senate budget contained a provision that would have had taxpayers subsidizing the oil and gas industry by putting $100,000 towards marketing North Carolina’s small shale gas resource to an industry that has shown no interest so far. And $50,000 for an analysis of the chemical composition of our gas; and $973,000 for a no-bid contract – exempt from public contracting laws for test wells and core sample analysis in four parts of the state: the Dan, Davie, Cumberland-Marlboro, and southern Deep basins (click link to see map). Overall this idea seems to be an unnecessary gift to the oil and gas industry that taxpayers should not be shouldering. It was removed in the House version of the budget.

Water Quality:

A special provision in the House budget would add $1,000,000 to the Clean Water Management Trust Fund. If passed, the money would be used for the treatment of pollution before it enters the rivers and streams that are drinking water sources. Jordan Lake and Falls Lake are subject to Nutrient Management Strategies, so these funds may help the ongoing pollution problems in these two local water bodies.

Coal Ash:

The House increased funds for DENR salaries overall and increased funds for coal ash positions and operating funds by $500,000. Further, the House budget untied coal ash funding for DENR from the passage of S 729, the Governor’s Coal Ash Action Plan, so that even if the Senate’s bill were not to pass, DENR would still get funding to address North Carolina’s coal ash problem.

There were other improvements to certain provisions affecting agriculture, wells and coastal jetties. Overall, the House version of the budget is much improved from the Senate’s in terms of environmental issues.

Thank you,

Cassie Gavin, Director of Government Relations

Sierra Club – NC Chapter

cassie.gavin@sierraclub.org

Take Action: Protect America’s Water!

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PROTECT AMERICA’S WATER!

Sign the petition:

“I strongly support the effort of the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to clarify which waters of the United States are protected under the Clean Water Act and to restore a common sense approach to protecting our nation’s lakes, rivers, and streams. I urge them to finalize a rule that is protective of all streams and wetlands — including wetlands outside of floodplains — that directly influence the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the nation’s rivers, lakes and bays.”

Dear Friends,

Over 40 years ago, two-thirds of America’s lakes, rivers and coastal waters were unsafe for fishing and swimming. Because of the Clean Water Act, that number has been cut in half. However, one-third of the nation’s waters are still in trouble.

The Obama administration recently proposed a new rule to clarify which wetlands and streams in the U.S. are covered under the Clean Water Act.

This proposal will finally restore protections, as originally intended, to almost all of the nation’s fresh waters — ensuring safe drinking water for 117 million Americans.1

This is great news, but some polluters are actively working to stop the restoration of our nation’s clean water protections.2

Let’s send 40,000 comments to the Obama administration and let them know when they act to protect America’s waters we’ve got their back. Send your message now!

Clean water is essential to every single American, from families and communities who rely on clean water to drink, safe places to swim and healthy fish to eat, to farmers who need abundant and reliable sources of water to grow their crops, to hunters and fishermen who depend on healthy waters for recreation and their work, and to businesses that need a steady supply of water for operations.

But one in three American’s gets their drinking water from public systems that rely on seasonal, rain-dependent and headwater streams. Most of these waters are at risk of pollution due to confusing Supreme Court rulings and unclear agency guidance. This proposal will provide clarity and the protections needed to ensure these waters are safe and healthy for everyone.

The proposal is also supported by the latest peer-reviewed science, including a draft scientific assessment by EPA, which presents a review and synthesis of more than 1,000 pieces of scientific literature.

Send your message in support of the EPA and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineer’s new proposal and protect America’s water!

Thanks for all you do for the environment,

David Scott
Sierra Club President

P.S. After you take action, be sure to forward this alert to your friends and colleagues!

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[1] “Waters of the United States,” United States Environmental Protection Agency. Accessed 24 April 2014.

[2] Snider, Annie, “Water Policy: Major Obama proposal doesn’t change ag rules — so why are farm groups so worried?” E&E Publishing LLC. 17 April 2914.

Hold Duke accountable for its coal ash

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Dear Friends,

Don’t let Duke off the hook!

Tell your legislative leaders to protect our water and make sure Duke cleans up its coal ash

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In February 2014, a stormwater pipe ruptured underneath a coal ash pond in Eden, North Carolina, spilling up to 40,000 tons of toxic coal ash and 27 million gallons of wastewater into the Dan River.

Since then, lawmakers and lobbyists have been busy in the Legislature. They have come up with a few proposed bills, but without a show of support from the public, their “solutions” could not actually do enough to clean up, or even make things worse.

You know Duke’s lobbyists will be there doing everything they can to let them off the hook for this problem they created. But our legislators are still ultimately accountable to us. We need to raise our voices to demand a strong bill that actually solves our coal ash problems.

Tell the leaders of the state House and Senate to hold Duke Energy accountable and require them to remove their toxic coal ash from unlined pits next to our waterways.

Duke Energy owns 33 toxic coal ash pits across North Carolina where harmful chemicals like arsenic, lead, and selenium are known to be leaking into the groundwater threatening the health of our communities. Duke Energy has known about the problems with their coal ash ponds for years but done nothing to significantly clean them up.

We can find a solution to our coal ash crisis, but not without your help. The only way we are going to get the toxic coal ash moved out of unlined pits beside our state’s waterways is if you speak up and demand that Duke clean up its mess!

Let legislative leaders know that you want action now!

Thanks for everything you do to protect the environment,

Kelly Martin
Beyond Coal Campaign
Sierra Club

P.S. You can deliver you message in person at our Lobby Day being held this Wednesday, June 4. Find out more details and RSVP here.

P.P.S. After you RSVP, be sure to forward this invitation to your friends and colleagues and share it on social media!

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NC Sierra Club Footnotes Online – May 2014

North Carolina Chapter Sierra Club

Dear Friends,

The North Carolina General Assembly reconvened last week for its 2014 legislative short session.  And though it may be ‘short’, this session is already substantive and fast moving.

The best way to stay up to date on what’s happening at the legislature is to sign up for Cassie Gavin’s weekly updates.  As our lobbyist, Cassie is on the front lines helping protect our air, water, and natural places as various pieces of legislation are considered.  Send Cassie (cassie.gavin@sierraclub.org) a note to request her updates.

You will find more information on advocacy actions you can take, as well as outing opportunities to get outdoors and explore and enjoy our beautiful state.

Thanks for all that you do,

Your staff at the NC Sierra Club

 

Breaking News: Fracking Bill Speeds Through the Senate

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Yesterday, S 786 (this year’s fracking bill) was pushed through two committees and sent to the Senate floor.  Today, the full Senate gave tentative approval to the measure. We expect it to be heard in the House next week.

S 786 contains a provision that breaks the promise made by the 2012 legislature when it put a ban on the issuance of fracking permits until a regulatory framework is in place.  The legislature committed that the ban would not be lifted until the General Assembly reviewed and voted on the Mining and Energy Commission’s rulemaking recommendations.  And, the legislature promised that North Carolina would have the strongest rules in the nation.

Instead, S 786 lifts the ban on issuing fracking permits effective in July of 2015.

Click here to take action now and tell your legislators that you want them to keep their fracking promises.

 

Let Your Voice Be Heard: Coal Ash Lobby Day on June 4

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As you know, in February a stormwater pipe burst beneath a coal ash impoundment spilling 40,000 tons of coal ash – laced with arsenic, mercury, and lead – into the Dan River. Coal ash now coats the bottom of the Dan River for more than 70 miles, and is inches thick in some locations.

Along with Dan River, North Carolina has 13 other coal plants and 33 coal ash pits across that state that are threatening the health of communities and polluting precious groundwater.

That’s right.  All across North Carolina, Duke Energy is storing coal ash in unlined pits directly adjacent to our rivers and lakes. Hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians rely on drinking water downstream of these coal ash ponds.

Join us for our Coal Ash Lobby Day in Raleigh on June 4 to make sure your community has a voice in how this toxic coal ash is cleaned up!

You may not be surprised to learn that some lawmakers want to pick and choose which coal ash sites are cleaned up. Join community members from across the state to tell your lawmakers that your community matters!

Click here to make sure your community is represented during the Coal Ash Lobby Day on June 4!

 

 

Take Action Now! Online Action on Coal Ash

Whether or not you can attend the Coal Ash Lobby Day in Raleigh, there is something that you can do right now to help protect our communities from toxic coal ash.

Click here to tell NC Senate President Pro-Tempore Berger and NC House Speaker Tillis that we need leadership on coal ash now!

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Join the Team: the Volunteer Lobby Corps

Our volunteer lobbyists are instrumental in making sure that legislators have the information they need when taking up serious issues.  From fracking to clean energy, and issues local and statewide, our success depends on Sierrans like you stepping up.

You are the leader that you’ve been waiting for.  Sign up to learn more about the Lobby Corps today!

 

Party Like It’s 1984: NC Wilderness Celebration

What do Bill Murray, Mary Lou Retton, and the NC Sierra Club have in common?  Monumental achievements in 1984.

Thirty years ago the NC Wilderness Act was signed into law and 68,700 acres of wilderness in North Carolina were protected. The acreage total gets higher when you include the 25,000+ acres of study areas that were part of the law.  And Sierrans played a large role in getting the Wilderness Act passed.

And now, only a few tickets are still available for the 30th Anniversary Wilderness Celebration in Raleigh on June 12!

The program includes presentations from:

●     Dr. Robbie Cox, past NC Chapter Chair and former Sierra Club President;

●     Dan Chu, Senior Campaign Director for the Sierra Club’s Our Wild America program; and,

●     Amanda Damweber, Triangle Inner City Outings Chair.

Join us for an evening of great food and drink and even better company.  Help celebrate wild North Carolina and Sierra Club’s outings programs.  Get your tickets today!

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Wilderness Spotlight: Areas of the Croatan

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the North Carolina Wilderness Act, each month we will highlight a wilderness area or a piece of history about how these areas became protected.  This month, we celebrate the four wilderness areas within the Croatan National Forest.

In eastern North Carolina, the Croatan National Forest is home to four Wilderness Areas: Catfish Lake, Pocosin, Pond Pond, and Sheep Ridge.  Altogether, these tracts of land consist of over 31,000 acres.  Many dismiss these wilderness areas as impenetrable bogs that are only accessible by crossing deep ditches, but this is not entirely true.

Catfish Lake Wilderness Area can be reached driving down a dirt road to the lake and then crossing the lake in a kayak to the wilderness area. Sheep Ridge is directly accessible by the same gravel road that offers the turn off to Catfish Lake. Pond Pine wilderness area is accessible by the dirt road that leads to Great Lake, and Pocosin is a accessible by either a railroad track or the upper tributaries of the Newport River.

Visitors to these areas may see alligators, at least three kinds of poisonous snakes, and insectivorous plants like the sticky sundew, the waxy butterwort, and the no-way-out pitcher and Venus flytrap.  Being remote and seemingly uninviting are part of what helps keep these wilderness areas mostly unspoiled. But that also makes them worth seeking out for those of us who truly want to explore Our Wild North Carolina.

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Left: Henry Fansler of the Foothills Group walks between Sheep Ridge and Pond Pine, with Great Lake in the distant upper left corner. Right: The edge of Pond Pine Wilderness. Photo credit: Avery Locklear, used with permission.

 

Solar is Rising: A New Campaign with a Strong Foundation

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The NC Sierra Club has been working for years to help move our state away from dirty energy sources and onto clean energy solutions.  Our new Solar is Rising campaign builds on the great work our volunteers have already done and pushes our public education and advocacy efforts to a new level.

For the coming months, the Solar is Rising campaign will engage, educate, and motivate North Carolinians about the consequences of dirty energy and our state’s potential for better solar policies.  The will be more to come from this campaign in the coming months, but for now, it’s pretty clear that Solar is Rising!

Visit SolarIsRising.org for more information.

 

 

A Look Back: Recent NC Sierra Club Events Events

Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors – April 26, 2014

The second annual Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors (COMCO) at Camp Lejeune, NC was headed up by Karan Barber, the new director of the Charlotte Inner City Outings Program (ICO).  Joining Karan and her E-Corps Crew for the set-up day on Friday were Kelly Mieszkalski, Tom Williams and Nancy Card.  On Saturday, it was all hands on deck as Robert Scull, Elizabeth Greene and Hap Palmer joined in to help connect approximately 250 folks from military families to the great outdoors.  Representatives from five NC Chapter Groups were there to share in the fun!

The children checked in and were given a mission card to be stamped by each exhibitor including: Sturgeon City, Thrifty Adventures, Possumwood Acres, Camp Corral, USMC MCCS Outdoor Adventures, USO, Play Mobile, and the NC Zoo.

The North Carolina Sierra Club Outings leaders set up camp – literally – with tents and other camping gear. For some of the kids, it was their first time inside a tent. They also participated in a treasure hunt game developing navigational skills using a compass that was theirs to keep. The treasure chest featured bandanas screen printed by the Our Wild NC Team.  Fifty-four new folks signed up for the Explore Our Wild NC challenge and the NC Chapter raffled off a family tent to one lucky family.

After sampling all there was to offer, the young explorers returned to the check-in desk to share their successful mission cards and claim prizes including a magnifying glass, cool shades, a flying disc, and kite.  The high fives and smiles were overwhelming.  It was a wonderful opportunity to share adventures with our country’s youngest heroes!

For more great pictures of this event, click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjXN181k                               

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Sesquicentennial Park Outings Leader Training (OLT) Event a Big Success!

On May 3-4, over 30 current and aspiring Sierra Club Outings Leaders from the North and South Carolina Chapters gathered at Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia, SC for a weekend full of Outdoor Leadership Training (OLT).  In true Sierra Club fashion, we camped out under the stars and did all of our teaching and training outside! Participants were treated to camp fire songs, perfect weather, and fantastic South Carolina hospitality (including BBQ!).  Training included Sierra Club OLT101 (Basic Outdoor Leadership), OLT201 (Advanced Outdoor Leadership), Watercraft (Canoe/Kayak) Safety, and CPR/First Aid training.

Thank you and congratulations to the following volunteer Outings Leaders who devoted a weekend away from home to further their commitments in getting more people outdoors while keeping them safe, happy and inspired:

Capital Group

●     Barbara Adamski

Central Piedmont Group

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●     Linda Alley

●     Bill Gupton

●     Dori Bowman

●     Hollis Parks

●     David Robinson

●     David Underwood

Foothills Group

●     Vance Parker

●     Henry Fansler

Headwaters Group

●     Michael Byrne

●     Kelly Mieszkalski

Orange-Chatham Group

●     Kim Ashley

●     Rosmarie Rosenbloom

A special thank you to our event organizing and training partners:

Art Seel, Starr Hazard, Al Graves, and Chris Hall from South Carolina; and, Bill Gupton, and Kelly Mieszkalski from North Carolina

The next Sierra Club Outings Leader Training event will be at Hanging Rock State Park 8/24-8/26–please save the date!  If you are interested in becoming a Sierra Club Outings Leader and/or if you have questions about the training event, please contact Kelly Mieszkalski at kellymieszkalski@yahoo.com for more information.

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Upcoming Outings

May 24, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Upper Newport River Kayak Outing – Newport, NC

Like most rivers that flow entirely within the coastal plain, the Newport River in Carteret County meanders, alternating between light sandy and dark silty soils.   Most of this trip will be beneath a canopy of cheery spring foliage and lucky participants may see and hear beaver, turtles, deer, and a variety of birds.  The length of the trip will depend upon the tide and how much its rained recently further upstream in the headwaters within the Pocosin Wilderness Area of Croatan National Forest.

Bring your own kayak, personal flotation device, drinking water, and lunch.  Expect to get wet.  Intermediate experience is preferable. A maximum of ten participants. You must sign a waiver to participate.  For more information you must email Robert Scull to register at scull1453@gmail.com.

May 30 – June 1, Overnight Backpack Trip – Cold Mountain, NC

This trip to Cold Mountain is in the Shining Rock Wilderness and is rated strenuous with significant elevation gain (from Flower Gap at 2,400 ft. to the top of Cold Mountain at 6,030 ft.)

This trip begins at the Big East Fork parking lot on NC 276 off the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Pisgah Inn.  This is the trailhead for Shining Creek Trail. Group size is limited depending on the experience of the participants.  For more information contact Jerry Weston at takeahike@earthlink.net or 336-856-1431.  Telephone calls before 9:00 p.m. please. More information at https://nc2.sierraclub.org/outing/cold-mountain-nc

May 31, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Catawba Wildflower Glen Service Outing

Join volunteers at the Catawba Lands Conservancy preserve to help Mary Stauble, Land Stewardship Volunteer, remove invasive plants and contribute to protecting this important natural landscape.  The Wildflower Glen is one of the conservancy’s crown jewels due to its rich ecological diversity and proximity to Charlotte.

Volunteers will meet at the property at 9:00 am for an orientation. After the work,  Mary will lead the group on a hike of the glen.  Please bring work gloves, clippers (optional), water, and a hat.  Limit 10 participants.  Please contact Linda Alley at lindasuealley@hotmail.com for more information and to register.

June 14 – Grandfather Mountain Photography Workshop with Avery Locklear

Join the Sierra Club Foothills Group’s own award-winning 20-year old nature photographer, Avery Locklear, for a free outdoor photography workshop along the scenic Profile Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park.

Advance registration is required. Registration is limited to 20 participants.  Your cell phone number will be required to register.  Please contact Vance Parker by June 7, 2014 at vance@vparkerlaw.com or at (336) 768-0481 before 10:00 pm. to register.  Note:  Your cell phone number will only be used for trip communication only; we do not give your cell phone number to any third parties.

June 14, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Orange-Chatham Annual Picnic Hike, Carrboro NC

Work up an appetite for the annual Sierra Club Orange-Chatham Group picnic with a short 30-40 minute hike along the banks of Bolin Creek. Only a short walk from downtown Carrboro, the surrounding forest provides a peaceful escape from life’s complexity. The hike will provide a brief physical / mental challenge requiring well-placed steps to avoid getting wet in one section.

Sturdy non-slip hiking shoes are a must and an extra dry pair of socks are recommended, just in case. No pets on this one. The hike starts at the picnic location in Wilson Park. The outing leader will be Jae Furman. We will have a sign-up sheet/waiver at the start.  More information at: https://nc2.sierraclub.org/outing/annual-picnic-hike

June 28,  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – NC Zoo Endangered Species Walk – Asheboro, NC

Join the Sierra Club Foothills Group and Nicole Petersen, a zoologist, marine scientist, and the NC Zoo’s Visitor Educator for our first NC Zoo Endangered Species Walk.  The zoo is about much more than showing off cute animals to the public—it has a serious environmental and conservation mission to protect, preserve, and rehabilitate threatened and endangered animal and plant species both in the U.S. and around the globe.

All participants will be required to purchase a zoo admission ticket.  There will be an additional $7/person fee for the Endangered Species Walk.  Our group will be limited to 20 participants. Your cell phone number will be required to register (this is for trip communication only–we do not give out telephone numbers to third parties.)

Please contact Vance Parker to register by Wednesday, June 25th via e-mail at vance@vparkerlaw.com or by telephone before 10:00 p.m. at (336) 768-0481.  This is a family-friendly outing suitable for all ages.

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What is the real cost to flip that light switch?

Here’s the message that Duke Energy WANTS you to hear and believe:

You do it multiple times every day — flip a switch. You don’t stop to wonder what is connected to that switch or how it works. You’re thinking about the important things in life like next week’s family reunion, your son’s next basketball game, your first day on the job or the upcoming proposal. You don’t think about what will happen when you flip that switch — because we do.

Now here’s the message that Duke Energy DOESN’T WANT you to hear or believe:

In remission now, Danielle Bailey-Lash has questions.

“I’ve lived in Walnut Cove, in the Stokes County area, near Pine Hall Road, for 20 — 20-something years, at least — never expecting to become sick at age 35 and given an expiration date of three to four months,” she said in a video released Tuesday by Appalachian Voices, a nonprofit environmental organization based in Boone.

The 3-minute video – titled “At What Cost?” – features five people who now live or used to live in Stokes County, near one of the largest coal-fired power plants in Duke Energy’s fleet – the Belews Creek Steam Station, built about 40 years ago. No direct, scientific connection between the power plant and the health concerns of the residents is offered in the video. But the message is clear: Some people, regardless of proof, wonder whether they are getting sick because of the power plant.

Bailey-Lash, the video shows, was found to have late-stage brain cancer in 2010.

“Even though I’ve put that behind me, I’m starting to make a connection. Something is not right,” she said.

The Belews power plant has a massive, unlined ash pond filled with the waste of spent coal.

These ponds typically host potential contaminants such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, chromium and selenium. Health risks posed by these elements include cancer and neurological damage. Conservation groups have warned for years that these unlined pits contaminate groundwater – a risk, they say, that should raise red flags in Stokes, where many households use well water.

For more than two years, Duke Energy has been under legal pressure from environmental groups, including Appalachian Voices, to deal with documented cases of illegal pollution. The utility has violated federal or state clean-water laws at all 14 of its sites, including the Belews Creek power plant, according to the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

A Wake County Superior Court judge has ruled that state law says Duke Energy must immediately eliminate sources of contamination. Duke is appealing the ruling.

Separately, Duke Energy is the subject of a federal criminal investigation related to the Dan River coal ash spill that happened in February.

Read the full article by Bertrand M. Gutierrez of the Winston-Salem Journal at Environmental group releases video, urges Duke to clean up.

Help Us Hold Duke Energy Accountable

North Carolina Chapter Sierra Club

Dear Friends,

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.

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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.

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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.

Click here to help make sure that Duke Energy cleans up its toxic coal ash pits!

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.

Sincerely,

Molly Diggins
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.

Charlotte Environment Committee to Vote on Weakening Water Protections – Apr 2, 9:00 AM

The location of the Environment Committee meeting scheduled for tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. has changed.  The Committee will now meet at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, Room 266.

The committee will hear a recommendation from City staff members and vote on weakening the Post Construction Control Ordinance (PCCO).  Check back for additional information on this issue.

 

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Protect NC Waters – Mixing does not equal fixing for Jordan Lake

North Carolina Chapter Sierra Club

Dear Friends,

Jordan Lake needs science based solutions to control pollution, not wasteful water mixers.

Jordan Lake is a drinking water source for 300,000 people in the triangle.

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You may recall that the state legislature abandoned clean up plans for Jordan Lake last year. The Jordan Lake Rules were adopted in 2009 in an effort to clean up the lake, which is a popular recreation destination and a source of drinking water for 300,000 people. Those clean-up rules were abandoned for three years. This was the third legislative delay of the clean up plan.

Instead of sticking with the science-based plan to prevent pollution, the legislature directed nearly $2 million in taxpayer funds to a lease of 36 floating water mixers. Water mixers aim to reduce algae, but cannot reduce the inflow of pollution into Jordan Lake. Meanwhile, developers are getting a three year reprieve from requirements to control their pollution.

The Army Corps of Engineers has the final say in whether or not the water mixers can be anchored in the lake. The Corps has released an Environmental Assessment (available here) which evaluates the water mixers. The public comment period for this project is ending soon! Don’t miss your chance to speak up and protect Jordan Lake. 

There are a lot of reasons to be concerned about putting water mixers in Jordan Lake, take action today!

Learn about some of the reasons that replacing the science-based Jordan Lake Rules with water mixers is a bad idea. Then email your comments to the Army Corps of Engineers.

Thanks for all you do,

Zak Keith
Lead Organizer, NC Sierra Club
P.S. – Your chance to speak up for Jordan Lake is now! Click here to send your comments the Army Corps of Engineers today!