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



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 ]


A silver lining in EPA’s Coal Ash Rule

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 | Posted by Amy Adams | 4 Comments

epa coal ash ruleThe long-awaited, first-ever federal rule for regulating toxic coal ash--the second largest waste stream in the U.S.-- was released before the holidays. Appalachian Voices dives into the 700+-page rule and finds, yes, a number of problems, but lo ... some bright spots, too. [ More ]


What do Duke Energy and a messy teenager have in common?

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

Gfp-messy-couchDuke Energy has spent six months cleaning up its Dan River coal spill, the third worst in U.S. history, and got a whopping six percent removed. And now it says the job is done. North Carolinians should not accept this -- no less than most parents accept their teenagers' excuses to clean up their rooms. [ More ]


Activists gather at “Home of the Brave” on 4th of July

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 | Posted by Amy Adams | 2 Comments

Mountaintop_Removal_WV_2014_282 Appalachian Voices’ Amy Adams travels to W.Va. for an annual Independence Day event at Kayford Mountain, one of the areas hardest hit by mountaintop removal mining. She joins scores of others in mourning for the mountains lost, but also celebrating the spirit and resolve of those fighting to end the destructive practice. [ More ]


As the state falters, local governments support coal ash cleanup

Friday, June 20th, 2014 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

13903637468_1b8703463d_zNorth Carolinians who live near coal ash ponds and have seen local waterways polluted are bravely speaking up about their experiences. And as state government continues to fail to hold Duke accountable for its coal ash pollution, communities are taking a stand against coal ash pollution. [ More ]


Spring Happenings for Clean Water in N.C.

Friday, April 18th, 2014 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

5808640193_a40cf7d217_z This spring, many North Carolinians are feeling renewed concern about the threat coal ash poses to our water resources. During the next month, concerned citizens are gathering across the state to make their voices heard and create a cleaner way forward. Find a festival, rally, picnic or community meeting near you! [ More ]


The Deadline is Set for EPA Coal Ash Rule

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

coalashTVA By the end of this year, the EPA will finally publish the first-ever federal rule regulating the disposal of coal ash. The agency’s December 19 deadline is the result of a settlement reached today in a lawsuit brought by Earthjustice, representing Appalachian Voices, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and other groups. The law, strong science and good public policy all support regulating coal ash as a hazardous waste. Will the EPA stand up for environmental and public health? [ More ]


The West Virginia Chemical Spill: A Warning for North Carolina

Monday, January 20th, 2014 | Posted by Amy Adams | 1 Comment

WVclosedshop There is a lesson in West Virginia’s water crisis for North Carolina policymakers and regulatory agencies akin to the saying that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. If you look at the changes to and by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 2013 and the path ahead in 2014, the General Assembly seems resolved to run headlong down a shortsighted path that will lead to the same inevitable consequences. [ More ]