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House Votes to Roll Back Clean Water Act

In a 239 to 184 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives voted today to roll back key provisions of the federal Clean Water Act by passing H.R. 2018, formally known as the "Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011." We call it the "Dirty Water Act."

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Badin Lake

Alcoa and the Yadkin River - What’s Next?

The “battle for the Yadkin”, as some have called it, has emerged as one of the Charlotte region’s most fascinating public policy debates in years. At stake are four dams and reservoirs originally built to supply electricity for an aluminum smelting plant operated by Alcoa for over seventy-five years in the Stanly County town of Badin. With the smelting plant now closed, Alcoa has continued operating the dams through a subsidiary, Alcoa Power Generating Inc. (APGI), under a 50-year license issued by the United States government in 1957.

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NC Held Back Data on Bypass, Documents Say

Emails and documents suggest the N.C. Turnpike Authority didn't give the federal government a true accounting of how a proposed $800 million toll road in Union County would affect the environment, which may have made it easier for the highway to get approvals necessary for construction.

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Project Aims to Rid Homes of Old Drugs

Operation Medicine Drop is a program aimed at eliminating expired or unused prescription drugs — especially narcotics — by hosting numerous locations across the county where folks can safely drop off pills, tablets, gel tabs, syrups and other medications.

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What's in Your Water?

Operation Medicine Drop is a program that seeks to keep drugs and medicines out of the wrong hands—and public water supplies such as the Yadkin River.

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