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Keep the Clean Water Act Strong

Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a milestone for a series of landmark environmental laws that began with the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970. Those actions set our nation on a course to restore our damaged natural resources, but today, because of political pressures and court rulings, the extent and durability of some of those key protections are at risk.

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Latest Dirty Water Bill

The 1972 Clean Water Act was designed to protect “all the waters of the United States.” It required any commercial developer who wanted to dredge or fill a water body to obtain a federal permit; the purpose was to prevent destructive projects and mitigate the damage of those allowed to proceed.

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Regional Commission to Ask EPA About PCBs in Yadkin River Basin

The Uwharrie Regional Resources Commission approved a motion to request the Environmental Protection Agency and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources conduct an ecological risk assessment of the Yadkin River basin to determine whether PCBs in the water are a human health risk.

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Yadkin Riverkeeper Files Intent to Sue Alcoa

Yadkin Riverkeeper today announced that the group has issued a letter of intent to bring a lawsuit under the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) to sue the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) for the company’s unlawful discharge of lethal contaminants at the Badin Works facility in Badin, NC.

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Residents Ask for Slowdown on NC Gas Study

North Carolina's study on the potential for a shale gas industry should slow down and focus less on how the practice would be managed and regulated and more on whether it should be allowed at all, speakers said at a public hearing Monday night.

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