The Front Porch Blog, with Updates from AppalachiaThe Front Porch Blog, with Updates from Appalachia



Gov. Cooper should crack down on Duke Energy’s hazards

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Adams | 1 Comment

Recent revelations of collusion between Duke Energy and university scientists regarding coal ash should come as no surprise. Duke is, after all, a notorious corporate polluter on federal probation after pleading guilty to systemic violations of the Clean Water Act. [ More ]

Upset residents say NO to Duke Energy rate hikes

Friday, October 20th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

Hundreds of upset electricity customers attended a series of hearings regarding a 16.7 percent rate hike proposed by Duke Energy Progress. Public comments will be taken through Nov. 19 [ More ]

Hurricane Matthew flooding elevates coal ash concerns

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

Earlier this month, North Carolina was devastated by the impacts of Hurricane Matthew. Flooding occurred across much of the state, with the hardest impacts felt in the east and among communities that are least able to bounce back from such a catastrophic event. While the flood waters are still receding, we are learning about the impacts left in their wake. [ More ]

DEQ dodges legitimate coal-ash safety concerns

Thursday, May 19th, 2016 | Posted by Amy Adams | 1 Comment

Enabled by anti-regulatory powers in the legislature, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has abandoned the principles necessary to serve the public. It's time for lawmakers to acknowledge DEQ’s failures and focus on moving forward on coal ash cleanup. [ More ]

North Carolina’s reckless approach to the Clean Power Plan: Part 2

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

The deadline for comment on North Carolina’s Clean Power Plan is just two days away and you may be wondering — why is providing input so important? It's simple, because the Plan will will chart our state’s role in becoming a clean power state and will either lift citizens away from the contamination and impacts of fossil fuel use, or will commit us to more of the same destructive power sources. [ More ]

North Carolina lawmakers put fracking first

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

Residents across North Carolina are looking to their local government officials to oppose fracking since pleas to decision makers in Raleigh have largely fallen on deaf ears. The town of Walnut Cove, N.C., and Rockingham County recently joined the small but growing list of localities where commissions of elected officials have passed anti-fracking moratoriums. [ More ]

Gov. McCrory signs “Polluter Protection Act”

Monday, October 26th, 2015 | Posted by Amy Adams | 5 Comments

Late last Friday afternoon, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law H765, the "Regulatory Reform Act of 2015." This massive reform bill should be called "The Polluter Protection Act" with its plethora of anti-environmental provisions, rollbacks and giveaways to industry. So, just how bad is this bill? [ More ]

EPA limits coal plants’ toxic discharges. Finally.

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

Finally, the EPA is taking action on cleaning up toxic wastewater discharges from the nation's power plants. A new rule out this week updates standards from 32 years ago, which virtually granted license to utilities to discharge unlimited toxins into streams, rivers and lakes. [ More ]

DENR is a “BOOR”

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources is acting like--to use its own term--a "bureaucratic object of resistance." The agency's creative interpretation of its mission statement is just one reflection of the McCrory administration’s broader hostility to the notion that public servants have a responsibility to protect the natural resources and therefore the public health and welfare of the Tar Heel state. [ More ]

Duke expands coal ash cleanup, but leaves N.C. communities in danger

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

12311876586_dd088acae8_zDuke Energy announced it plans to excavate coal ash from ponds at three power plant sites in North Carolina, along with two more at its South Carolina facilities. But the fates of several sites that pose significant threats to drinking water and surrounding communities remain unclear. [ More ]

Who’s casting shadows over N.C. solar?

Friday, May 15th, 2015 | Posted by Amy Adams | 1 Comment

FB-Cover02-croppedWhen it comes to jobs, pollution, and sustainability, energy from the sun beats energy from fracked gas hands down. So why are N.C. legislators and Duke Energy casting shadows over the state's potential to become #1 in solar? [ More ]

Danger still looms over the Dan River

Monday, February 9th, 2015 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

amy-rally-speachIn the wake of the Dan River coal ash spill, which spewed 39,000 tons of the toxic waste into the scenic river, much attention has been given to the problems of leaky, unlined coal ash pits across North Carolina. What hasn't received adequate attention is another menacing threat just upstream from the site of last year's spill. [ More ]