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5:30 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Conference To Discuss Fracking And Health

Leaders from across the country will speak tomorrow at a conference on the health effects of natural gas fracking. The Research Triangle Environmental Health Collaborative is a non-profit group that holds an annual conference every year on health issues. Martin Armes is the executive director of the collaborative. He said,  "We certainly recognize that we identify some hot button issues but we're going to try to conduct these meetings in a manner to be as productive as we can to make some recommendations. And we try to depoliticize the process as much as we can."

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Environment
1:15 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Conservatives To Discuss Environment At Duke

Conservatives will discuss the environment today at Duke University. Politicians, academics and business leaders are among those attending and speaking at the event, entitled Conservative Visions of our Environmental Future. Jessalee Landfried is one of the organizers of the event and a Duke law student who's also pursuing a degree at Duke-Nicholas School of the Environment. She says these issues have become deeply partisan.

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Environment
5:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Alcoa Still Seeking Long-term License

At this hydroelectric damn water passes through the penstocks, as Alcoa employees observe
Jeff Tiberii

Nearly 100 years ago Alcoa Incorporated began generating electricity by using dams along the Yadkin River about 60 miles South of the Triad. For decades that electricity was used to power Alcoa’s aluminum plant in Badin. The factory has long since closed, however, and today the electricity is sold on the open market. Alcoa owns the hyrdoelectric dams and is seeking another 50-year federal license to operate them – and continue selling power. Opponents of this effort are concerned about water quality and whether the damns should be more beneficial to the local and state economy.

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Environment
4:10 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Hatteras Ferry Could Be Delayed

Department of Transportation officials want coastal residents to be aware that the rainy, windy weather could delay the ferry from Ocracoke Island to Hatteras Island. The Army Corps of Engineers dredged Hatteras Inlet back in May. But DOT spokeswoman Lucy Wallace says shoaling in Hatteras Inlet means it will have to be dredged again. In the meantime, she says passengers should keep an eye on the ferry schedule.

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Environment
4:25 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Progress Energy To Shut Down Coal Plant

Progress Energy will close one of its older coal-fired plants tomorrow.

Officials with the Duke Energy subsidiary say the Lee plant near Goldsboro is one of four coal plants it will retire by the end of next year. The company will replace each of them with natural gas facilities designed to cut back on environmental emissions. Progress Energy spokesman Mike Hughes says it's part of a fleet modernization program begun three years ago.

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Environment
9:30 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Contamination Found In Wake Forest Wells

About 20 private wells in a Wake Forest neighborhood have been found to be contaminated with a toxic degreasing agent. Kenneth Rhame is a federal on-scene coordinator with the Environmental Protection Agency. He says one home off Stony Hill Road had concentrations of TCE more than 65 times the safe drinking limit.

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Environment
6:30 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Environmental Justice Anniversary In Warren County

Community members, activists and friends will meet near Warrenton - northeast of Raleigh - this weekend to mark a historic milestone in the nation’s environmental justice movement.

The Environmental Justice movement was born in Warren County.  The mostly black community of Afton stood up – and laid down in the streets – to try to stop the state from digging a P-C-B contaminated landfill where they lived – as seen on WBTV in 1982.

Voice One:  I don’t want this stuff throwed in my water!

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Environment
4:43 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

New State Mining And Energy Commission Meets Thursday

Members of the state Mining and Energy Commission will hold their first meeting tomorrow. The 15-member commission was created by a state law passed earlier this year that authorizes natural gas fracking as early as 2014. The commission's role is to create a modern regulatory program for the management of oil and gas exploration and development activities in the state. Marva Mizell Price, a professor at the Duke University School of Nursing, is part of the group.

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Environment
12:25 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Spectacular Leaf-Peeping Season Predicted

Grandfather Mountain Trees
Hugh Morton

With summer drawing to a close, thoughts turn to fall...and the tradition of leaf-peeping in Western North Carolina. While much of the country has been in drought, North Carolina has gotten plenty of rain in recent months...and that means the foliage this year could be particularly spectacular. Pamela McCown is coordinator for the Institute for Climate Education at A-B Tech in Asheville. She says rainfall is the most important factor in predicting a good year for fall foliage.

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Environment
11:30 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Isaac May Dampen Labor Day Weekend Travel

Tropical Storm Isaac may be far from North Carolina, but it could put a damper on Labor Day weekend travel plans in the Tar Heel state. Angela Daley is with AAA Carolinas. She says the storm has been disrupting oil production at Gulf Coast refineries.

Angela Daley says, "Gas prices had been going up all summer, but certainly in the past few days we've seen a huge spike of almost 10 cents in just a few days. So that's pretty significant, and we think a lot of last-minute travelers will choose not to travel this weekend."

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