When a facility dumped many tons of toxic coal ash into NC’s Dan River, how the state reacted will astound you
In 2012, North Carolina’s newly-elected Republican Governor, Pat McCrory, announced the appointment of a businessman named John Skvarla to head the state’s environmental regulatory agency. For several reasons, the move worried environmentalists. Skvarla has expressed doubts about the science behind climate change and has peddled the obscure theory that crude oil is an infinite, renewable resource. He has insisted that the agency he now leads has been long regarded the primary obstacle to economic growth in the state. Last summer he stated that if environmentalists were to get their way “we’d live in lean-tos and wear loincloths.” And the day before assuming the leadership of the agency (NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources or DENR), Skvarla said he knew little about coal ash pollution, an issue dear to environmentalists in North Carolina.
Did he say “loin”?
The February 2 coal ash spill at Duke Energy’s Dan River steam station (see an earlier post for more on the spill) puts some recent and still pending environmental policy decisions in a new light.
Preventing state environmental programs from adopting standards “more stringent than” federal standards.
In 2011, the General Assembly prohibited environmental agencies from adopting a rule “that imposes a more restrictive standard, limitation, or requirement than those imposed by federal law or rule, if a federal law or rule pertaining to the same subject matter has been adopted”. You can find the statute (G.S. 150B-19.3) here.
The increasing evidence of water quality problems associated with coal ash ponds may test those limits on state regulation … read on.
sea of stars above me
warm earth below me
dog drowsing at my feet
This too must be prayer.
This has been a drill.
Thank you for your cooperation.
A woman brought a dead turtle to the public meeting held by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tues., Feb. 11. Now photos of more dead turtles from the Dan River are showing up online.
If you’ve got photos that pertain to coal ash — from the Duke Energy Dan River spill or from any other side of the story — please share them with the class.
Goat Tree, Jamie Wyeth. American, born in 1946.
(Jamie Wyeth is a son of Andrew Wyeth and grandson of N.C. Wyeth )
If you know of any more, let me know and I’ll add to the list.
I hate to burst your bubble, but we can’t keep raising the ecological debt ceiling.
If the social system is the disease, then those who appoint themselves to assist its operation are the tumors and lesions. Voting with ballots or assuming that what you choose to spend money on is going to change the way this world works is delusion.
It’s going to take a new approach—a parallel power to shift the tide—and, whether we are aware of it or not, this is slowly happening right now [in the world around us]. And the question is, ‘Where are you in this interest and do you even care?’
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