Xpress reached out to several organizations responsible for monitoring the region’s air and water to learn how the environmental situation has changed since Buncombe County issued its COVID-19 state of emergency declaration on March 12, which marked the first local guidance for people to reduce nonessential business and travel.
“It’s difficult to change our ways. For instance, almost no one worried about gas guzzlers when gas cost 19 cents a gallon.”
“Life chose me by a golden chance to have superpowers for just 24 hours, and I used them to revive our planet.”
Specific plant species can turn a garden into a living indicator of pollution levels.
“This is a remarkable environmental success story! Many agencies and organizations can be proud of their contributions to this. Together, they’ve demonstrated that bold action at many different levels can successfully address serious environmental issues.”
The unique combination of wildfires and high pollen counts in WNC this season may be contributing to the rise in allergies.
A public hearing on Duke Energy’s Lake Julian air-permit renewal is scheduled this Wednesday, April 29 — on the heels of an announced $30 million boost to the Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” initiative.
“I am glad for Margaret Williams’ reporting on the Sierra Club’s study citing Duke Energy for unsafe sulfur dioxide emission.”
Since coming out on the losing end last year of a multistate lawsuit that took seven years to resolve, the Tennessee Valley Authority has pushed a green agenda that promises to “keep the initiatives coming, and keep the clean air coming.”
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 […]
The cloud of acid rain that's been hovering over Western North Carolina for decades may turn out to have a silver lining after all. A seven-year lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority ended in a negotiated settlement last June. In 2004, North Carolina joined Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee in suing TVA over air pollution […]
Want to know how much carbon dioxide your local power plant, paper plant or landfill emit? A new EPA tool maps the info, including five sources near Asheville.
In an order signed Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Lacy Thornburg ruled that pollution from the nation’s largest public utility constitutes a “public nuisance” and must be cleaned up.
Opposition to Progress Energy’s proposed power plant in Woodfin gained a new ally last week, when members of Rising Tide, an activist group concerned with climate change, strung a banner atop a Woodfin billboard. Nine Asheville police cruisers arrived on the scene and removed the protestors and their banner with help from a fire department […]
An overflow crowd spilled out of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners chambers at their meeting last night. The hot-button issue was the proposed siting of a Progress Energy power plant on the old county landfill in Woodfin. The proposed 50-year contract for the project granted use of the land for one dollar per year […]