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AAG Ride and Drive Truck for 2018

2018 Autogas Ride and Drive F-150

The Vehicle & Technology: Alliance AutoGas (AAG), with a history of helping over 10,000 vehicles make the transition from gasoline to propane autogas, conducted a live conversion of a 2016 3.5 Liter Ford F-150 V6 at the Work Truck Show in March 2016, achieving the “Fastest Recorded Alternative Fuel Conversion to Propane Autogas” in a record-setting time of 1:32:25. Alliance AutoGas installed a complete “plug and play” conversion system including a secondary fuel tank to store the autogas, an injector spacer plate, and engine control unit (ECU). Attendees will have the opportunity to drive this same high-performing vehicle at the 2018 Work Truck Show Ride and Drive!


Some Chinese Coal Ash Too Radioactive for Reuse

Manufacturers are increasingly using encapsulated coal ash from power plants as a low-cost binding agent in concrete, wallboard, bricks, roofing and other building materials. But a new study by U.S. and Chinese scientists cautions that coal ash from high-uranium deposits in China may be too radioactive for this use.

“While most coals in China and the U.S. have typically low uranium concentrations, in some areas in China we have identified coals with high uranium content,” said Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. “Combustion of these coals leaves behind the uranium and radium and generates coal ash with very high levels of radiation.”


Largest Pasture-Raised Pork Cooperative in the Southeast Goes Certified Non-GMO by AGW

The North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association demonstrates commitment to transparent sustainability with Animal Welfare Approved and Certified Non-GMO by AGW

The North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association (NCNHGA) is the first farming cooperative in the U.S. to be Certified Non-GMO by A Greener World (AGW). This is the only certification and logo in the U.S. and Canada that guarantees food is produced without the use of genetically modified feed, supplements or ingredients, and comes from animals raised according to the highest welfare and environmental standards.


Groups Ask N.C. Utilities Commission to Scrutinize Deals Utilities Made with Themselves

Groups Ask N.C. Utilities Commission to Scrutinize Deals Utilities Made with Themselves to Claim Need for $5B Pipeline - Duke, Dominion would own the pipeline while their subsidiaries would be customers

The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Sierra Club, filed a motion with the North Carolina Utilities Commission urging the Commission to reconsider its approval of contracts that Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress, and Piedmont Natural Gas have signed with Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC for capacity on the pipeline. To justify the need for the $5 billion pipeline to federal regulators, the developers-- Dominion Resources, Duke Energy, and Southern Company--point to contracts with their own subsidiaries for capacity on the pipeline. If the $5 billion pipeline is approved, Duke and Piedmont customers in North Carolina will pay for the pipeline, including the 14 percent return that will go to the companies’ shareholders.


Groups Call on Governor Cooper to Pull the Brakes on Wood Pellet Industry in North Carolina

The Concerned Citizens of Richmond County and Dogwood Alliance joined with faith, justice, health and science leaders to call on North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to stop the continued growth of the wood pellet industry in the state.  The groups held a press conference to share a letter signed by over 50 NC organizations and a petition from over 10,000 people asking the Governor to revoke a flawed air permit granted to Enviva, the world’s largest wood pellet manufacturer. Community members opposing Enviva hand-delivered the petitions and letter to the offices of Governor Cooper and NC DEQ following the event.



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