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EPA Launches Investigation of North Carolina for Civil Rights Violations

An industrial hog facility in North Carolina. Hog feces and urine are flushed into open, unlined pits and then sprayed onto nearby fields. The practice leads to waste contaminating nearby waters, and drifting as Groups allege State’s lax regulation of hog operations has disproportionate impact on communities of color

Late last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it has accepted a complaint filed against the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, and will proceed with an investigation of the State agency. 

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Tantalus Expands Power Line Carrier AMR Overlay with Newly Enhanced AMI Platform

Cost-effective overlay can be deployed in days and allows dual system operation and immediate payback for rural electric cooperative and municipal utilities

Tantalus, provider of TUNet®, an industry-leading smart grid communications network and applications platform, is offering a newly enhanced network overlay package designed for rural electric cooperative and municipal utilities that currently utilize automated meter reading (AMR)  via power line carrier (PLC) technology. This hybrid 220MHz-900MHz wireless network solution is designed to provide reliable systemwide coverage over widespread and challenging terrain in a matter of days while effectively extending the useful life of PLC. This provides a cost-effective migration option for utilities across North America with existing investments in millions of already deployed PLC-connected endpoints.

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Victory for ‘Caveman’ Blogger in Free Speech Fight

Paleo blogger Steve Cooksey
IJ client Steve Cooksey
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Background: Caveman Blogger Fights for Free Speech and Internet Freedom; Challenging the Government’s Authority to Censor Ordinary Advice

The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition voted to adopt new guidelines allowing people to give ordinary diet advice without a government license, thus settling a May 2012 First Amendment lawsuit filed by diabetic blogger Steve Cooksey of Stanley, N.C. The board had previously told Cooksey that his blog offering personalized advice on how to follow the low-carbohydrate “Paleolithic” diet required a government license.

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EPA approves Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Water Quality Standards program

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (Tribe) in western North Carolina has been granted the authority by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to administer the Water Quality Standards program under the Clean Water Act (CWA). With this approval, the Tribe likewise is authorized to administer water quality certifications conducted under CWA Section 401. The Tribe is the third tribe in Region 4 and 49th in the nation to obtain authority to administer the Water Quality Standards program.

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Fortrans Inc. Unveils Non-Fouling Aeration System With High Impact Mixing for Animal and Sanitary Waste Lagoons: Eliminates Odor, Lowers BOD and Increases Bacterial Digestion for Lower Sludge Production

Fortrans Inc., in Wendell, N.C., announces a highly effective aeration system that will eliminate odor and reduce BOD in animal waste and sanitary waste lagoons. The system is designed to aerate and vigorously mix dissolved oxygen into high solids wastewater lagoons. The systems employ patented non-fouling Dif-Jet™ gas injectors to mix large quantities of dissolved oxygen (from air) into the wastewater. High impact mixing is inherent to the system and gives the dissolved oxygen superior contact with the beneficial bacteria.

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