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Lisa Sorg

About the author

Lisa Sorg, Environmental Reporter, joined N.C. Policy Watch in July 2016. She covers environmental issues, including social justice, pollution, climate change and energy policy. Before joining the project, Lisa was the editor and an investigative reporter for INDY Week, covering the environment, housing and city government. She has been a journalist for 22 years, working at magazines, daily newspapers, digital media outlets and alternative newsweeklies.

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Pressure mounts on NC’s largest pork producer to clean up its act

Frenches Creek Finishing lies in the watery lowlands of Bladen County, near Lion Swamp, Conkill and Briary bays, and a chain of canals that drain toward the Cape Fear River and the sea.

Owned by Murphy-Brown, the farm, which includes a nursery, can house more than 17,000 hogs, including the newly weaned and those ready for slaughter. It is also one of 11 industrialized swine farms named in a 2006 federal consent decree because their operations threaten the quality of the groundwater.

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline sues NC landowners, asks federal court to allow “quick take” of properties

The Gardner farm in Wade, population 567, in Cumberland County has been in the family for more than 70 years. On these 960 acres, two generations of Gardners have raised grains, oats, barley, soybeans, and more recently, beef cattle. But the Gardner family is now among several defendants in a federal case involving the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

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Lawmakers who slashed state environmental protection efforts weigh reversing course over GenX

Chemours has stopped discharging all wastewater from its manufacturing processes at its Fayetteville Works plant, a ban that will become permanent as a condition of the company’s new permit.

Assistant Secretary of the Environment Sheila Holman told the the House Select Committee on River Quality yesterday that department staff were visiting the plant to ensure the company complied with the order. The Department of Environmental Quality had taken enforcement action — a civil penalty should be announced by mid-December — because Chemours’s failed to report a spill of GenX for more than a month.

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Coal ash debate takes center stage as Duke rate hike cases get underway

The Dobbs Building hearing room was so stuffed with dark suits and shiny calfskin shoes that it resembled a Brooks Brothers warehouse.

“Are there any North Carolina lawyers who aren’t here?” asked Ed Finley, chairman of the NC Utilities Commission, as he prepared to preside over what is predicted to be a two-week slog: the Duke Energy Progress rate case.

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Monday numbers

The NC Utilities Commission is holding an evidentiary hearing today at 1:30 p.m. on a proposed 14 percent overall rate increase by Duke Energy Progress.

$16 — The amount a typical residential customer’s monthly electric bill would increase under Duke Energy Progress’s rate hike proposal (Charlotte Business Journal)

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Neutering nuisance laws in North Carolina

This story is part of "Peak Pig," an examination of the hog industry co-published with Environmental Health News. Tomorrow Elizabeth Ouzts reports on the possibilities of swine waste-to-energy projects.

Big hog producing states are chipping away at the last legal resorts for residents who feel they've been wronged ...
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A DEQ mystery: Where in the world is Donald van der Vaart?

Donald van der Vaart and John Evans, formerly the top two officials at the NC Department of Environmental Quality under Gov. Pat McCrory, have been absent from their offices, and their job status is uncertain, sources have told Policy Watch.

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An epic hearing over a proposed granite mine leads to a pivotal vote by Guilford County Commissioners

Kevin Cornell reached into a box and hoisted a rock the size of a toddler's head and placed it on the podium. "There was an explosion and a shockwave and rocks rained down," explained Cornell, who lives across the road from a Martin Marietta quarry.

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Proposed state animal waste rules draw scrutiny, concern

In the world of state environmental law, there is high-profile legislation whose hubbub, sometimes worthy of Shakespeare, is broadcast at the General Assembly. And there are lesser-known rules – think of them as off-off-Broadway plays – that are debated at sparsely attended public hearings beyond the view of a camera. Yet these rules often have the power to damage or improve the quality of life for thousands, if not millions, of North Carolinians.

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Awash in pollution: Restoring North Carolina’s sick rivers to health will require a major policy about-face

The Progressive Pulse blog has additional coverage of yesterday’s meeting of the House Select Committee on River Quality. Like most people who grow up on the water, Kemp Burdette is different from his landlocked friends. Undeterred by dampness, ...
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