Chatham Democratic Women will meet at the Sprott Center in Moncure from 2:30-4:30 pm Sunday 6/7 for a forum on the Coal Ash issue.
Local writer, Judy Hogan, along with Martha Girolami and John Wagner will discuss the current status of the Duke Power disposal plans for the Brickhaven site in Chatham County and the Colon site in Lee County.
Although the public comment period and deadline for letters to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) passed on May 16th, “the coal ash dilemma will be with us for awhile” Judy Hogan said recently.
Four environmental groups have urged DENR to deny the Duke Energy plan to dump up to 20 million tons of dangerous coal ash in our two counties. Chatham Citizens Against Coal Ash Dump and EnvironmentaLEE, along with NC WARN and the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, filed comments urging denial of the permits. John Runkle, noted environmental attorney, expressed concerns about the adverse impacts on drinking water, wildlife, air, surface and groundwater and toxic sediments in streams. Runkle urged that the permits be denied.
Dr. G. Fred Lee, a world-renowned expert on landfills and their environmental impact, as well as Sanford Pediatrics, speaking on behalf of the threat to their young patients, submitted comments and objections to the Duke Energy disposal plan.
Hundreds of pages of comments addressed the results of surveys in the two county area, and included data about the close proximity of day care centers to the transportation rail route.
Lee County Democratic Women are invited to join with Chatham Democratic Women for this important program. Call Cindy Perry at (919) 542-0779, for additional information.
685 Old Us 1
Moncure, NC 27559
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