Groups Seek Cleanup of Groundwater Poisoned by Coal Ash Contamination

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—Conservation groups today asked the N.C. Environmental Management Commission to require Progress Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Carolinas to clean up groundwater contaminated  by old, unlined coal ash lagoons at 14 coal-fired power plants  that have been leaking toxic substances  for decades.  Coal ash is the toxic waste that remains after coal is burned. The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the complaint with the EMC on behalf of the Cape Fear River Watch, Sierra Club, Waterkeeper Alliance, and Western North Carolina Alliance.

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Groups challenge N.C. spotlighting of coyotes near endangered red wolves

Joint press release from the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, Animal Welfare Institute, and the Southern Environmental Law Center

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—Accidental shootings resulting in death or injury are a primary concern outlined in a court challenge filed today against an illegal, temporary state rule that allows spotlight hunting of coyotes at night throughout North Carolina, including in the area inhabited by the only wild population of red wolves, one of the world’s most endangered animals. The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the court challenge against the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and a request to stop the temporary rule in Wake County Superior Court on behalf of the Red Wolf Coalition, …

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Records Set at Cape Hatteras for Tourism and Sea Turtles

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--With the breeding season still underway, the first year under a long-awaited rule to manage beach driving at Cape Hatteras National Seashore is already record-breaking for local tourism and the rare sea turtles that nest on the seashore’s beaches, according to official records. The off-road vehicle management rule is the final step in a process agreed to by all parties—including Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance and local counties—concerned about bea…

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