While Duke Energy stalls on moving ash at 7 of its 14 unlined, leaking coal ash sites across North Carolina, S.C. utility Santee Cooper reports that it has removed one-third of the coal ash from its Grainger coal ash pits in Conway, S.C., on the banks of the Waccamaw River, ahead of schedule. The coal ash is being removed under a settlement between clients represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center – the Waccamaw Riverkeeper, the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy – and Santee Cooper. That settlement was entered into in November of 2013, following a year and a half of litigation.
Groups file motion to compel disclosure in Asheville gas case, decry sorry public process
Duke Energy is withholding from public view large blocks of information critical to the utility’s case to build a large gas-fired power plant in Asheville. NC WARN and The Climate Times today filed a motion calling for regulators to compel Duke to put the data on the table for scrutiny.
High Point, N.C., has been selected as one of 27 rural communities across the country to participate in Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP), a federal initiative that helps increase economic opportunities for local farmers and related businesses, creates vibrant places and promotes childhood wellness by improving access to healthy local food. High Point will receive technical assistance to develop a farmers’ market and other health and wellness programs for its new central library plaza.
Conservation Groups Take U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Court for Failures to Protect the World's Only Wild Red Wolves
Conservation groups filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for its failure to protect the world’s only wild population of red wolves and illegal actions including authorizing the killing of a breeding female red wolf in a population of only 50-75 red wolves in the wild. The conservation groups involved in the litigation are the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.
Ecoplexus Inc., a leading developer of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, announced the closing of financing for a 25 megawatt (MW) solar PV project in Whitakers, NC. The project will be installed with approximately 150,000 Solar Frontier modules and will achieve commercial operation in late 2015. Its completion will mark the ninth Ecoplexus project in North Carolina and a total of 53 MW in Q4 2015. Representing $45 million in project costs, the project increases Ecoplexus' current IPP asset base which will stand at 77 MWs by year-end.
The Sustainable Furnishings Council celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2016, and will mark the important milestone with a series of educational events, special promotions and industry-wide celebrations in the year ahead.
From its early days—nascent meetups of environmental enthusiasts and like-minded professionals—to a now 400 member-strong association of suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and interior designers, SFC is the leading industry advocate for healthy environments both inside and outside the home. In just 10 years, SFC has become the trusted resource for home furnishings professionals who are modernizing their businesses by ranking “green” and “sustainability” among their top priorities.