Sunday, March 16, 2014

Breaking: Date Change: Meeting: Dan River spill and of coal ash ponds:

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the recent weather advisory, the #MoralMonday Town Hall in Eden, NC
will be rescheduled for March 31st.

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North Carolina NAACP4:03pm Mar 16


Meeting:  Dan River spill and of coal ash ponds
Jan. 31 (not the 17th)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
United in Christ Ministries
211 N. Oakland Ave. Eden, NC 27288

The NC NAACP and the Forward Together Moral Movement will join with health and environmental experts to discuss the dangerous consequences of the Dan River spill and of coal ash ponds on our economy, environment, and health. ...

Are you concerned about the health risks of living and fishing near a coal ash pond? Do you have questions about Gov. McCrory and the NC Department of Environmental Resources' response to the spill? Do you believe Duke Energy needs to use this opportunity to create jobs and pay to clean up the spill with their own profits rather than hike our electricity bills?

Then join us on March 31 for a Moral Monday Town Hall meeting as we discuss the Dan River spill and the affects of coal ash in North Carolina.

· Coal ash is extremely toxic. It contains arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, selenium, and other toxic pollutants

· The EPA has found some coal ash ponds pose a 1 in 50 risk of cancer to residents drinking arsenic-contaminated water—2000 times higher than the EPA regulation’s target.

· Living near a coal ash pond is more dangerous than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.

· Nationwide, more than 70 percent of coal ash ponds are located in communities with income below the national median.

· People of color make up 1 in 4 of the residents living within 2 miles of the Dan River Power Station—which is adjacent to the coal ash pond where the spill occurred

· Duke Energy made $9 billion in profits over the past five years yet they pay no income tax and received a rebate from the federal government of $300 million last year.

· Duke Energy is the largest political action committee in the state.


Meeting: Dan River spill and of coal ash ponds
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
United in Christ Ministries
211 N. Oakland Ave. Eden, NC 27288

Dear North Carolinians and Virginians:
We should make no mistake about it. We are at war over our right to clean water --
at war with Duke Energy, the NC Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources,
Governor McCrory and his Duke Energy-affiliated administration, and with the EPA
which has left coal ash unregulated for decades.
If North Carolinians and Virginians want to protect the Roanoke River Basin which
is the water source for around two million citizens, with Raleigh on tap to draw
from Kerr Lake in times of drought and with population growth, then we must
demand that dredging the coal ash must happen now, before the contamination
becomes more widespread and the clean-up untenable.
The strategy of polluters such as Duke Energy and of state and EPA officials and the
politicians who protect them is to delay the dredging clean-up with bureaucratic
red tape, procedural hurdles, studies that are inconclusive by design, and
cosmetic participatory meetings and to let the pollution disperse so that
contamination levels will be diluted to legally “acceptable” levels while the
public believes the water is safe and that something is being done.
As a result, Duke Energy minimizes its liability for the extent of the coal ash
Meanwhile, the public’s attention could be directed to the other 14 Duke Energy coal ash
sites while the Dan River and Kerr and Gaston Lakes are polluted with impunity.
Soon after, the Eden disaster would be blessed with a blue ribbon commission
eager to study the health and environmental effects of the coal ash on people
and the environment.
Toxic and radioactive coal ash poses great dangers. The ash is concentrated and has
arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, selenium, nickel, zinc, and
radioactive elements which include uranium, thorium, and their numerous decay
products, including radium and radon (EPA).
According to the Physicians for Social Responsibility PSR),
“Especially with prolonged exposure, these toxic metals can cause several types of cancer,
heart damage, lung disease, respiratory distress, kidney disease, reproductive
problems, gastrointestinal illness, birth defects, impaired bone growth in
children, nervous system impacts, cognitive deficits, developmental delays and
behavioral problems.”
Additionally, coal ash contains organic volatile compounds -- aromatic and aliphatic
hydrocarbons such as benzene, toluene, alkylbenzes, heptane, and octane. These
volatile compounds are not tested for in coal ash, yet they could be released,
for instance, as contaminated air emissions in hot showers.
“Coal ash toxics have the potential to injure all of the major organ systems, damage
physical health and development, and even contribute to mortality. Adding to the
toxicity of coal ash is that some power plants mix coal with other fuels and
wastes, such as used tires and even hazardous wastes (PSR).”
If there were ever a time for people to rise up, to unite, and to defend themselves
against toxic and radioactive aggression, now is the time. Let there be legions
on March 17 in Eden who oppose Duke Energy’s coal ash abuse and who demand that
dredging begin immediately.


Deborah Ferruccio
297 Davis-Hyman Rd.
Norlina, NC 27563

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Daily update March 11, 2014
Virginia's Response To Coal Ash Spill Focuses On Long-term Health Of Dan River
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Va. undertaking long-term review of N.C. coal ash spill
The spill occurred about 20 miles from Virginia at a coal ash dump owned by Duke. The spill coated 70 miles of the river in a toxic gray sludge.
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Spraying Toxic Coal Ash Is A Cheap And Popular Way To De-Ice Roads
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Virginia regulators take long view on NC coal ash spill
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Duke Energy customers: Don't make us pay for coal ash cleanup
It was the coal ash spill along the Dan River that put Duke Energy on the radar of environmentalists and a number of governmental agencies.
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Santee Cooper cleaning out nearly 2 million tons of coal ash at Moncks Corner coal ash pond
On February 2nd, coal ash spilled from a coal ash pond in North Carolina, coating about 70 miles of the Dan River. Five years ago, another coal ash ...
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NC says no violation for third pipe leaking coal ash particles at Dan River
But the state acknowledges Duke is not permitted to discharge coal ash from the ditch where the pipe empties water into the Dan River. It says that ...
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Tests show local drinking water safe in wake of coal ash spill
BRUNSWICK COUNTY- There are no signs that toxic elements likely released by the thousands of tons of coal ash that spilled into the Dan River last ...
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Report finds US transit use at highest levels since 1956
COAL ASH: While spreading coal ash on winter roads remains a common practice in some Midwest towns, experts question the methods for testing ...
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TN Lawyer Hopes to Help Those Affected By Spill
... show the devastation after the Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash spill. One billion gallons spilled, making it the largest coal ash spill in US history.
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Duke Energy would charge customers for moving coal ash in NC - Ohio Citizen Action
Coal ash pulled from the bottom of the Dan River near the site of the Duke Energy spill in Eden, N.C. (Photo courtesy of Dan River Basin Association) ...
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