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Lawmakers trample on property rights

Written by Will Hendrick, staff attorney for Waterkeeper Alliance, and Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear Riverkeeper.  This piece originally appeared in the July 7th edition of the Fayetteville Observer. Last month, the North Carolina General Assembly again voted to prioritize polluters over people when it overrode Governor Cooper’s veto and enacted the NC Farm Act, SB711. ...


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Waterkeeper Alliance Responds to Passage of SB711

In response to the North Carolina General Assembly once again voting to prioritize polluters over people by overriding Governor Cooper’s veto and enacting the NC Farm Act, SB711, Waterkeeper Alliance Campaign Manager and Staff Attorney Will Hendrick has issued the following statement: “Under SB711, it is difficult to see how any injured neighbor will be ...


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Advocacy Groups Call on Governor Cooper to Veto SB711

Following the North Carolina General Assembly’s rushed passage of SB 711, which would strip rural North Carolinians of their constitutional right to seek justice in the courts against those who pollute their air and water, advocacy groups Center for Biological Diversity, Food & Water Watch, Public Justice, Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, and Waterkeeper Alliance issued the following ...


Widespread Fraud Uncovered in North Carolina Hog Industry

An investigation by two state agencies revealed efforts to cook the books and mislead regulators about the content of 55 waste lagoons at 35 hog operations in eastern North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released 8 of the 35 letters mailed to operators as part of an ongoing investigation. These documents ...


North Carolina Water Sampling Reveals High Bacteria Levels near Industrial Animal Farms

In North Carolina, we love our waters.  And as the summer heat approaches, many of us look forward to a dip in the local swimming hole, a paddling adventure, or a fishing outing on one of the state’s many rivers, lakes, and streams.  We should not have to worry about whether swimming or paddling in ...


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Proposed Allen Permit Fails to Protect Catawba River from Coal Ash

The draft water pollution permit issued by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality for Duke Energy’s Allen plant on the Catawba River and Lake Wylie does not protect clean water from toxic pollution, as outlined in comments submitted May 14 by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, Sierra ...


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With Groundbreaking Title VI Settlement Signed, North Carolina Environmental Justice Organizations Vow to Continue Their Fight

North Carolina environmental justice groups announced today that they reached a settlement agreement with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) of a 2014 Title VI complaint filed with the Environmental Protection Agency. The complaint, filed by the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network (NCEJN), Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help (REACH), and Waterkeeper Alliance, ...


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NC DEQ Allows a Delay of Toxic Pollution Limits in Permit for Duke Energy’s Marshall Coal Ash Site in Lake Norman

In response to legal action by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, Sierra Club, and Waterkeeper Alliance, DEQ today announced that it will no longer permit natural streams as pollution-carrying discharge channels at Duke Energy’s Marshall steam station. Today’s agency action reversed its earlier decision, which conservation groups challenged, that ...


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Environmental Groups Reach Settlement with State Regarding Response to Citizen Complaints

Yesterday, Waterkeeper Alliance, Cape Fear River Watch and the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network (NCEJN), represented by Elizabeth Haddix and Mark Dorosin of the Julius L. Chambers for Civil Rights, reached a settlement with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) that they hope will ensure prompt, transparent action by the agency in response ...


Court Orders Evaluation of Murphy-Brown Hog Operations Identified as Threats to Groundwater

Conservation Groups Seek Cleanup of Murphy-Brown’s Pollution in 3 Eastern NC River Basins Yesterday, a federal court agreed with conservation groups represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center and ordered that industrial hog producer Murphy-Brown comply with a 2006 agreement to clean up groundwater contamination at several hog facilities owned by the company in eastern ...