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EPA to Begin Cleanup at Blue Ridge Plating Site in Arden, N.C.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin to remove hazardous materials at the Blue Ridge Plating Site in Arden, N.C., on Dec. 1, 2014. The 3-acre site, located at 171 Glenn Bridge Road, operated as a metal plating facility between 1974 and 2014. EPA cleanup activities will include the removal and proper disposal or recycling of hazardous substances in deteriorating containers at the condemned former process building. EPA estimates the cleanup will be completed within 60 days.

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Duke Energy announces plans to begin removing coal ash from four North Carolina sites

Duke EnergyCoal ash excavation plans for Asheville, Dan River, Riverbend and Sutton facilities submitted to state regulators for approval; Most of the 5.1 million tons of ash moved during Phase 1 will go to beneficial reuse opportunities; remainder to be stored in lined landfills

Duke Energy announced another major milestone in its plan to permanently close coal ash basins and safely store coal ash generated from its North Carolina power plants.

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56 Chatham, NC Rooftops Sprout Solar Panels and Good Jobs

NC WARN’s Solarize Chatham just set a record for the most solar roofs and most kilowatts of any North Carolina Solarize program. Fifty-six homes in Chatham County are adding 315 kilowatts of solar power – and installers are adding jobs – thanks to this grassroots program and its tireless local volunteers.

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Tantalus and Itron Release New ERT-Reading Platform to Municipal and Cooperative Utility Markets

Combined solution enables municipal and cooperative utilities to migrate to two-way AMI while leveraging up to 95% of existing investments in Itron’s installed base of ERTs

 

Tantalus, a leading provider of smart grid communications and applications, announced with Itron Inc. , a world-leading technology and services company, the commercial availability of automated ERT (Encoder Receiver Transmitter) reading functionality for the companies’ joint solution platform for municipal and cooperative utilities. The solution is designed for utilities to quickly and cost-effectively migrate from a one-way drive-by or walk-by system to real-time reading via TUNet® - the Tantalus Utility Network – configured as a fixed network, two-way AMI solution. This new alternative enables multi-commodity utilities to preserve existing investments in electric, water, and gas ERT technology.  Along with ERT-reading functionality, an entire suite of newly enhanced Itron and Tantalus applications for automated metering, load management, and power quality management are also immediately available throughout North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

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NC energy commission postpones fracking meetings

Agency: More than 217,000 comments submitted on draft rules

The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission’s meetings scheduled for Thursday and Friday have been postponed to allow hearing officers more time to develop a report on oil and natural gas exploration.

The full commission will meet to consider the natural gas report starting Nov. 6-7, and have also scheduled meetings, if necessary, for Nov. 14 and Nov. 17. All the meetings are scheduled for 9 a.m. in the Ground Floor Hearing Room of the Archdale Building, 512 North Salisbury St., Raleigh.

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J.Crew Brands Extend Partnership with Blue Jeans Go Green™

J.Crew Brands Extend Partnership with Blue Jeans Go Green™J.Crew brands has announced their continued participation in a fall denim drive in partnership with Cotton Incorporated’s Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program in J.Crew and Madewell retail stores. The drive first kicked off in 74 Madewell stores on August 12, while J.Crew’s 269 participating stores started the program on August 21. Both brands have decided to extend their participation in the denim drive - J.Crew will host until December 31, 2014 and Madewell will host until January 31, 2015.

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