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State environmental department sends letter to U.S. Civil Rights Commission

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 12:00am

The state environmental department today delivered a letter to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights thanking its members for giving the state an opportunity at the April 7 town hall meeting in Walnut Cove to share its accomplishments in cleaning up coal ash in North Carolina. At the town hall meeting, Assistant Secretary Tom Reeder discussed the McCrory administration’s commitment to cleanup up coal ash and announced a new initiative to ensure that minority communities are not negatively impacted by Duke Energy’s coal ash disposal sites. The state announced it will not issue a permit for a new coal ash disposal site until the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Rights, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the N.C. Advisory Committee have reviewed and approved an environmental justice analysis for the project. 

The letter delivered to the committee can be viewed here.