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Statewide Coal Ash Activists Hold Press Conference at General Assembly

Coal ash activists in front of legislative building

Photo credit: Sue Sturgis.

On September 23rd, in the NC Legislative Building, Rep. Charles Graham of Robeson County hosted a press event for the Alliance of Carolinians Together (ACT) Against Coal Ash. The coalition includes many residents from around the state who are impacted by and deeply concerned about disposal practices at Duke Energy’s 32 coal ash sites in NC. Nick Wood, Lead Organizer at NC WARN, stated “we are statewide, unified and here to stay.”

Duke Energy has been burning coal for generations, but until very recently, residents living near these plants had no idea there were millions and millions of tons of toxic coal ash near their homes. Bobby Jones, a retiree from the Department of Health and Human Services, spoke about how community members near the H F Lee site near Goldsboro have been stricken with diseases, including cancer, that they believe have been caused by the coal ash. Tracey Edwards, a resident of Stokes County, spoke about cancer clusters in her community, respiratory diseases, and the fight her mother had with neurological problems until she passed away from cancer.

ACT Against Coal Ash is planning future actions and strategy meetings. To get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/ncstatewidecoalashgathering.

Press conference Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/6ysBjo0vBSw

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