Posted by Jeremy | March 14, 2014
UPDATED: Due to winter weather on St. Patrick’s Day, this action will now be held on Monday, March 31.
The NC NAACP and the Forward Together Moral Movement will join with health and environmental experts to discuss the dangerous consequences of the Dan River spill and of coal ash ponds on our economy, environment, and health.
What: Moral Monday Town Hall on Duke’s coal ash spill
When: Monday, March 31, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Where: United in Christ Ministries, 211 N. Oakland Ave. Eden, NC 27288
Are you concerned about the health risks of living and fishing near a coal ash pond? Do you have questions about Gov. McCrory and the NC Department of Environmental Resources’ response to the spill? Do you believe Duke Energy needs to use this opportunity to create jobs and pay to clean up the spill with their own profits and not hike our electricity bills?
Then join the Moral Monday Town Hall meeting in Eden on March 31st to discuss the Dan River spill and the effects of coal ash in North Carolina.
- Coal ash is extremely toxic. It has arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, selenium, and other toxic pollutants
- The EPA has found some coal ash ponds pose a 1 in 50 risk of cancer to residents drinking arsenic-contaminated water—2000 times higher than the EPA regulation’s target.
- Living near a coal ash pond is more dangerous than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.
- Nationwide, more than 70 percent of coal ash ponds are located in communities with income below the national median.
- People of color make up 1 in 4 of the residents living within 2 miles of the Dan River Power Station—which is next to the coal ash pond where the spill occurred.
- Duke Energy made $9 billion in profits over the past five years yet they pay no income tax and received a rebate from the federal government of $300 million last year.
- Duke Energy is the largest political action committee in the state.