Environment (page 6)

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    Asking a key question about the coal-ash settlement agreement

    It would excavate and remove 70 percent of the coal ash identified at those six facilities, leaving 33.8 million tons of coal ash in the ground out of 113.5 million tons.
    Jon Sanders, January 27, 2020
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    Rolling back regulatory overreach involving soggy land

    Noah Rothman of Commentary magazine considers the recent change to federal regulation of “waters.” This week, the administration “finalized a rule to strip away environmental protections for streams, wetlands, and groundwater,” the Times notes. The rollback of the “Waters of the United States” allows disreputable landowners to “dump…
    Mitch Kokai, January 27, 2020
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    “50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions”

    CEI lays them out in a recent post. It’s a long list, but here are a few highlights: “The time of famines is upon us and will be at its worst and most disastrous by 1975.” (1968) “New ice age coming.” (1971) “Earth…
    Jon Guze, January 26, 2020
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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