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‘Thick Orange Gooey Stuff’ With Arsenic, Lead Found In River Near Duke Energy Power Plant

From Thinkprogress.org/climate by Emily Atkin Posted on December 5, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Contaminated waste from a retired coal plant in Rowan County, North Carolina, has been found leaking into a tributary of the second largest river in the state, environmental groups charged on Thursday.

'60 Minutes' to spotlight coal ash, Duke Energy on Sunday

CBS news program 60 Minutes will run a segment on coal ash Sunday focusing on Duke Energy and developments in North Carolina, including interviews with CEO Lynn Good and environmental critics of the company.

New Coal Ash Leaks Discovered at Duke Energy’s Buck Power Plant

Testing Reveals High Levels of Pollutants in Yadkin River – Duke Energy and NC State Officials Have Not Previously Disclosed Leaks

New leadership vows to keep Yadkin River clean

Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 8:45 pm

Bertrand M. Gutierrez/Winston-Salem Journal

Under new leadership, the nonprofit Yadkin Riverkeeper plans to increase membership, raise awareness about the river and continue applying the force of clean-water laws against polluters.

Terri Pratt, who specializes in fundraising and membership recruitment, has been selected as the new executive director. Will Scott, an expert in environmental law, has been selected as the new riverkeeper.

Success of Yadkin Riverkeeper Programs Result in Appointment of New Executive Director and Riverkeeper

Winston-Salem, NC, November 19, 2014 – Yadkin Riverkeeper’s education, awareness and action programs to protect clean water on North Carolina’s second largest river basin have resulted in much success. Consequently, the organization announced today that it is bolstering its leadership team with the appointment of a new Riverkeeper and the addition of a new position of Executive Director.

Yadkin Riverkeeper Petitions EPA for Superfund Assessment of Alcoa Badin Works

Winston-Salem, NC. October 23, 2014 – Yadkin Riverkeeper, Winston-Salem, NC, has asked the United States Environmental Protection Agency to conduct an investigation into the shuttered Badin Works aluminum smelter in Badin, NC, to determine whether the smelter should be declared a Superfund site.

Letter to Membership from Board President 8/27/14

Over the past six years, YRK has grown from a grassroots, start-up organization to one that has achieved nationally recognized success in the fight for clean and safe water. In recognition of our efforts, Yadkin Riverkeeper was awarded the NC Wildlife Foundation Governor’s Award for “Water Conservation Organization of the Year” in 2011; and our campaign against Alcoa has been recognized as one of the “Top 25 Clean Water Stories” by River Network.

Coal ash dump neighbors won't drink their own well water

by STUART WATSON / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on June 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Updated yesterday at 7:38 PM

IN NC HAMLET, RESIDENTS WORRY OVER COAL ASH PONDS

— Jun. 17, 2014 10:45 AM EDT

DUKEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The sweet tea served in the tidy kitchen of Joanne Thomas' antebellum home comes with an ominous warning.

"It's made with bottled water," says Thomas, a spry 71-year-old. "But the ice comes from our well."