Environment (page 3)

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    Coal ash amounts from the settlement agreement

    How much coal ash is contained at each of the six facilities involved in the coal-ash cleanup settlement agreement between Gov. Roy Cooper’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), several “Community Groups,” Duke Energy, and not electricity consumers? How much coal ash does this agreement obligate Duke to remove? Also, how much does this agreement allow to remain?
    Jon Sanders, January 24, 2020
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    Manufacturers Alliance Shares JLF Brief on Coal Ash

    This week, the North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (NCMA) shared a summary of JLF’s Jon Sanders’ research brief on coal ash. The brief goes over how, in 2014, Gov. Roy Cooper argued that ratepayers should not be on the hook for the cost of coal ash cleanups around the state,…
    Brenee Goforth, January 22, 2020
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    Did Appalachian Voices not read the settlement agreement?

    Despite whatever they might say, the signatory "Community Groups" deliberately chose to have you, your neighbors, the poor, the elderly, people living check to check, etc. pay for the additional coal-ash cleanup, not Duke. 
    Jon Sanders, January 21, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online that the General Assembly’s failure to finalize a new state budget has some UNC System leaders feeling “grim.” Donald van der Vaart’s Daily Journal highlights efforts to free farmers from Obama-era restrictions linked to the Clean Water Act.
    Mitch Kokai, January 17, 2020
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    Could Cooper’s Coal Ash Deal Up Your Power Bill?

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief on the Duke Energy coal-ash cleanup. Sanders describes the situation: Prior to April 2019, Duke Energy had agreed with the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to close and excavate all but nine of its 31 coal-ash basins. DEQ had rated…
    Brenee Goforth, January 16, 2020
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    Clearing out an Obama-era EPA backlog

    Yuichiro Kakutani of the Washington Free Beacon reports on one element of a changing administration at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Environmental Protection Agency has reduced a backlog of proposed air quality regulations after California withdrew dozens of outdated plans under pressure. The Obama-era EPA routinely failed…
    Mitch Kokai, January 14, 2020
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    Young climate prophet faces mockery

    Kyle Smith writes at National Review Online about the less-than-enthusiastic response to Greta Thunberg’s apocalyptic climate tirades. “Poll Finds Most People Would Rather Be Annihilated By Giant Tidal Wave Than Continue To Be Lectured By Climate Change Activists,” the Babylon Bee reported in December, adding in an attached…
    Mitch Kokai, January 10, 2020
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    Magic words to make your power bill go up

    Did you know there are also magic words that can make your power bill go up? They were just used in the coal-ash cleanup settlement agreement between the Cooper administration, environmental groups, Duke Energy, and not ratepayers.
    Jon Sanders, January 9, 2020