Health and Public Safety

North Carolina public gets a chance to weigh in on proposed fracking rules   |   July 16, 2014
North Carolina environmental regulators have opened the public comment period on proposed rules for fracking, a controversial drilling technique that involves injecting water,...

 

NC GOP mayor marches to DC to urge Medicaid expansion, prevention of 'medical deserts'   |   July 14, 2014
The Republican mayor of the small town of Belhaven, NC began a 273-mile walk to Washington, DC today to draw attention to the health care crisis threatening his rural coastal...

 

What does states' refusal to expand Medicaid mean for Southerners?   |   July 3, 2014
This week the White House Council of Economic Advisers released "Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid," a report examining...

 

Debunking Gov. McCrory's misleading coal ash claims   |   June 26, 2014
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) gave an interview to WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones last week in which he discussed coal ash, a topic high on the legislative agenda...

 

Southern waters imperiled by toxic pollution   |   June 23, 2014
As summer heats up, many people's thoughts turn to jumping in the closest river or stream to cool off -- but industrial pollution in the water could endanger their health....

 

VOICES: NC coal ash bill is Duke Energy's pass to pollute   |   June 20, 2014
By Monica Embrey, Greenpeace Once again, the North Carolina legislature has demonstrated its coziness with Duke Energy. A Senate Bill (SB729) introduced this week falls far short...

 

Protester handed cookies by Gov. McCrory strikes back with 'coal ash cupcakes'   |   June 9, 2014
Before last week's Moral Monday rally kicked off outside the North Carolina legislature, a group of protesters led by state NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber stopped by...

 

'Conclusive link' between fracking, aquifer contamination found in Texas   |   June 9, 2014
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams Independent scientists who have reviewed a water analysis conducted by state authorities of a Texas resident's drinking well say the chemical...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: New power plant pollution rules won't save the planet, but they will save lives   |   June 5, 2014
Under a new rule unveiled this week by the Environmental Protection Agency, percent by which existing U.S. power plants must cut climate-disrupting carbon pollution from 2005...

 

NC Senate dials back punishment for fracking chemical disclosure to a misdemeanor   |   May 23, 2014
A bill to lift the state's fracking moratorium that's speeding through the North Carolina legislature underwent some changes before it passed the Senate this week --...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: NC still fighting the science of sea-level rise   |   May 22, 2014
Number of scientific papers that have been published this month reporting that the collapse of major Antarctic glaciers now "appears unstoppable" due to climate change:...

 

Nationwide 'epidemic' of pedestrian deaths a failure of social justice: report   |   May 21, 2014
By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams An "epidemic" of pedestrian fatalities and injuries is sweeping the United States, hitting people of color, children, and older adults the...

 

NC fracking bill orders prison time for disclosing chemicals, ignores health risks   |   May 19, 2014
North Carolina's legislature convened last week, and lawmakers introduced a bill that brings the state one step closer to allowing oil and gas drilling. One aspect of the...

 

White House: Southeast 'exceptionally vulnerable' to climate change   |   May 6, 2014
The White House has released the most comprehensive scientific assessment to date of climate change and its regional impacts, and it reports that the Southeast is "...

 

Is a Duke Energy power plant making nearby residents sick?   |   May 1, 2014
This week an environmental advocacy group released a short video that raises questions about whether a Duke Energy power plant and coal ash disposal site in rural North Carolina...

 

Family wins fracking suit in legal blow to industry   |   April 24, 2014
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams In what is being called a legal blow to the fracking industry, on Tuesday a Texas family was awarded $3 million in the first ever verdict to be...

 

Republicans say no to CDC gun violence research   |   April 22, 2014
By Lois Beckett, ProPublica After the Sandy Hook school shooting, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was one of a few congressional Republicans who expressed a willingness to reconsider...

 

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...