Environment

Bipartisan Infrastructure bill will bring historic investments to clean water, including PFAS mitigation

By Alanna Joyner / December 8, 2021 / Comments Off on Bipartisan Infrastructure bill will bring historic investments to clean water, including PFAS mitigation

The Biden Administration’s recent infrastructure law could help communities across the state address drinking water contamination, including from contaminants like GenX and PFAS.  The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law marks the single largest investment in water the federal government has ever made. In North Carolina, the infrastructure law delivers funds to help wastewater utilities prevent PFAS discharges…

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Build Back Better is a generational investment in North Carolina families

By Alanna Joyner / November 30, 2021 / Comments Off on Build Back Better is a generational investment in North Carolina families

Less than one week after President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal into law, the U.S. House passed President Biden’s Build Back Better Act, moving the bill one step closer to becoming law. The Build Back Better Act currently moving through Congress boasts an array of historic investments into child care, home care, affordable housing,…

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President Biden signs bipartisan infrastructure bill into law, promoting benefits for Americans.

By Alanna Joyner / November 16, 2021 / Comments Off on President Biden signs bipartisan infrastructure bill into law, promoting benefits for Americans.

On Monday, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law, a bipartisan victory that will deliver a once-in-a-generation investment into the nation’s roads, broadband, utilities and more. In North Carolina specifically, this historic deal pours funding into our state’s roads and bridges, improves ports and airports, and ensures every North Carolinian has…

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North Carolina GOP Energy Reform Bill Passes House But Faces Opposition

By Camilo Vergara / July 23, 2021 / Comments Off on North Carolina GOP Energy Reform Bill Passes House But Faces Opposition

Nothing says openness and transparency like a last minute midnight vote on a controversial energy bill that Duke Energy has been the driving force for with some legislators for months. A 57- 49 vote came just after midnight last week for the Republican-backed House Bill 951. HB 951 is legislation that would deliver a number…

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NC panel signs off on Duke Energy orders on rates, coal ash

By Alanna Joyner / April 19, 2021 / Comments Off on NC panel signs off on Duke Energy orders on rates, coal ash

On Friday, the N.C. Utilities Commission approved two orders involving Duke Energy’s two electric subsidiaries in the state over rate increases requested back in 2019 and a settlement announced in January by Duke Energy, Attorney General Josh Stein and a conservation group over how coal ash clean-up cost. According to the Triad Business Journal, the…

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Duke Energy customers to save $1.1 billion in settlement over coal ash cleanup costs

By Alanna Joyner / January 26, 2021 / Comments Off on Duke Energy customers to save $1.1 billion in settlement over coal ash cleanup costs

Duke Energy, North Carolina officials and the Sierra Club announced Monday an agreement over the coal ash cleanup. Duke Energy agreed to pay over $1 billion to recycle the ash and close the plants producing them, but the customers may get stuck with the rest of the bill.  Under the settlement  — which still must…

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Charlotte Business Journal: Duke Energy Carolinas, critics continue to quarrel over coal-ash costs

By Alanna Joyner / September 15, 2020 / Comments Off on Charlotte Business Journal: Duke Energy Carolinas, critics continue to quarrel over coal-ash costs

On Friday, North Carolina regulators wrapped up hearings on Duke Energy Carolinas’ proposed rate hikes on its customers. Duke Energy Carolinas is seeking a 2.1 percent rate hike over the next two years — essentially forking over its $490 million in coal-ash clean up to customers. The N.C. Attorney General’s Office, Sierra Club and the…

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N.C. Policy Watch: New research confirms presence of toxic “forever chemicals” in scores of NC water supplies

By Alanna Joyner / July 2, 2020 / Comments Off on N.C. Policy Watch: New research confirms presence of toxic “forever chemicals” in scores of NC water supplies

According to a new study, raw water supplies for at least 150 public utilities in North Carolina contained some level of toxic fluorinated chemicals, known as PFAS or “forever chemicals”, because they never break down in the environment. This comes after researchers from N.C. State University finding GenX chemicals in wells and water from 70 …

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Trump and his EPA dismantle environmental protections under cover of COVID-19 crisis

By Alanna Joyner / June 24, 2020 / Comments Off on Trump and his EPA dismantle environmental protections under cover of COVID-19 crisis

Last week, the federal government overruled North Carolina’s objection to seismic testing off the coast, saying the activity proposed by the company, WesternGeco, is in the national interest. Trump’s offshore drilling plan will allow the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management to issue permits for seismic testing on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf, from Maryland…

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WRAL: EPA won’t further limit air pollution despite coronavirus concerns

By Alanna Joyner / May 4, 2020 / Comments Off on WRAL: EPA won’t further limit air pollution despite coronavirus concerns

On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will not enforce regulations that would limit the amount of small particles in our air. This comes after a new study released by Harvard found that people with COVID-19 who live in regions with high levels of air pollution across the country, are more likely…

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