Health and Public Safety

Study details link between race, air pollution exposure   |   April 17, 2014
That the color of your skin can be an important factor in determining the quality of the environment where you live is not exactly breaking news, but a new study offers eye-...

 

The South's endangered rivers   |   April 9, 2014
A river conservation group this week released its annual list of the 10 most endangered U.S. rivers. Three of them are in the South and are imperiled by pollution, excessive...

 

Are environmentalists pushing a risky alternative for coal ash disposal?   |   March 26, 2014
The recent failure of a pipe under a coal ash impoundment at a Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina sent millions of gallons of pollution into the Dan River and sparked...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Reckoning time for lawbreaking utilities on coal ash?   |   March 21, 2014
Date on which the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources cited Duke Energy for violating the terms of a wastewater discharge permit for coal ash impoundments at its...

 

Waterkeepers threaten lawsuit against politically connected NC hog farm   |   March 14, 2014
Environmental groups have issued notice that they intend to sue the owners and operators of a North Carolina industrial hog farm over illegal discharges of waste into groundwater...

 

Coal ash polluting NC river was once Appalachian mountaintops   |   March 11, 2014
It's likely that some of the coal ash polluting North Carolina's Dan River following last month's spill from a waste pit at Duke Energy's power plant near Eden, N....

 

Environmentalists urge emergency declaration over mass pig deaths in North Carolina (video)   |   February 28, 2014
The Waterkeeper Alliance and North Carolina Riverkeepers are calling on Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to declare a state of emergency over a viral outbreak that's killing hogs en masse...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Is a nuclear disaster unfolding in Florida?   |   February 26, 2014
Number of tubes that help cool a nuclear reactor at Florida Power & Light's St. Lucie plant near Fort Pierce, Fla. that show signs of significant wear: more than 3,700...

 

Healthcare redlining   |   February 14, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Media coverage of the Affordable Care Act these days bounces back and forth between good news and bad. One day the Obama Administration...

 

Enviros offer $5K reward for info on NC coal ash spill leading to charges   |   February 11, 2014
Blasting state regulators for their mishandling of Duke Energy's massive coal ash spill into the Dan River, two environmental advocacy groups are offering up to $5,000 to...

 

The PTSD crisis that's being ignored: Americans wounded in their own neighborhoods   |   February 5, 2014
By Lois Beckett, ProPublica Chicago's Cook County Hospital has one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation, treating about 2,000 patients a year for gunshots, stabbings...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Duke Energy coal ash spill latest in ongoing regulatory disaster   |   February 4, 2014
Date on which a break in a stormwater pipe beneath a coal ash disposal pit at a shuttered Duke Energy power plant near Eden, N.C. contaminated the Dan River with toxic coal ash: 2...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Big Oil's push for seismic testing meets resistance   |   January 31, 2014
Number of people who packed a town council meeting this week in Kure Beach, N.C. to protest the mayor's decision to sign a letter drafted by an oil and gas industry lobby...

 

The death toll from blocking Medicaid expansion   |   January 30, 2014
A study published today in the journal Health Affairs calculates the impacts of states' refusal to expand Medicaid to more low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act...

 

Communities resist as tar sands flow through KXL South   |   January 23, 2014
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams Tar sands oil began flowing through the the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday as operations commenced delivering the "the...

 

Alabama oil train disaster met with official neglect   |   January 21, 2014
Shortly after midnight on Nov. 8, 2013, a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale formation derailed and caught fire in western Alabama, spilling nearly 750,...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The ongoing injustice of racial inequality in health care   |   January 17, 2014
Year in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in a speech, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane": 1966 Percent of...

 

Freedom to pollute   |   January 17, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Recent news reports out of West Virginia sound like they were written as part of a parody of modern business: the company responsible for a...

 

NC hog farm threatened with citizen lawsuit over water pollution   |   January 15, 2014
Environmentalists have filed a notice of intent to sue the owners and operators of a massive hog farm in eastern North Carolina for illegally discharging animal waste that's...

 

WV water contamination exposes chemical hazards of coal power   |   January 13, 2014
Most Americans are aware of the pollution hazards associated with the mining and burning of coal. The water contamination disaster that began unfolding last week in West Virginia...

 

More evidence undermines industry claims of fracking safety   |   January 6, 2014
The frequently asked questions page of the oil and gas industry's website promoting fracking poses the query, "Is the groundwater safe?" This is the industry's...

 

Art Pope think tank behind campaign to discredit and defund Medicaid   |   December 17, 2013
At a critical moment for the future of North Carolina's Medicaid program, a conservative think tank that was founded and is bankrolled by state budget director Art Pope sought...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Courts weigh polluter challenges to cleaner air   |   December 13, 2013
Number of cases U.S. courts heard this week challenging Environmental Protection Agency rules limiting health-damaging air pollution from power plants: 2 Number of the nation...

 

Southern states stand to lose out on billions of dollars by blocking Medicaid expansion   |   December 10, 2013
The 20 states refusing to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will forgo billions of dollars in federal funds -- but their...

 

Duke Energy coal ash poisoning NC lake, study finds   |   December 3, 2013
Pollution from coal ash waste pits at a Duke Energy power plant is killing over 900,000 fish and deforming thousands more each year in an eastern North Carolina lake popular for...