These mountains are beautiful — for now

Our Mountains and our area of Western North Carolina have always been known as clean and beautiful. Let us please make an effort to keep it that way. Studies show that pollution of our ground water is a present, real and dangerous threat to us: humans, plants, farms and animals. Do a little research, see what we can do and get these problems fixed.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been promising strong federal minimum standards to protect our water from coal-ash pollution for almost three years now. While we appreciate North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources' efforts to investigate the issue of coal ash, we need the department to move swiftly in making Progress Energy stop the leaking of heavy metals into our ground water, and eventually into the French Broad River.

This problem is not to limited to Asheville; there are several coal-ash ponds across the state (not to mention scores across the country that are contaminating our ground water, drinking water and our river and streams). We need the state and federal agencies charged with protecting us to do their job.

— Martin Beckman

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