February 3, 2011 -
An independent report identifies 28 coal ash dump sites from Massachusetts to Nevada where hexavalent chromium has been detected in the groundwater at levels exceeding federal or state standards. Hexavalent chromium is one toxic waste product created by coal-fired power plants known to contain potentially dangerous levels of heavy metals, combustion byproducts and radioactive elements.
January 14, 2011 -
OCTOBER 2010 - PRESENT | Facing South's investigative series looks at North Carolina's most influential benefactor for Republicans and conservative groups -- and his growing national power.
March 30, 2010 -
Economic woes put North Carolina counties in danger of undercount in 2010 Census
Study ranks 100 N.C. counties by risk level of losing millions of dollars in federal funds due to job losses, housing crisis
October 7, 2009 -
An in-depth review of monitoring data from coal ash ponds located next to 13 coal-burning power plants in North Carolina has revealed that all of them are contaminating groundwater with toxic metals and other pollutants -- in some cases at levels exceeding 380 times state groundwater standards.
April 27, 2009 -
Environmental advocates expect a big turnout from the oil industry and its boosters in the "drill, baby, drill" crowd, so they're encouraging drilling opponents to attend the hearing and speak for two to five minutes on why they don't support opening up the state's coast to oil and gas operations.
February 27, 2009 -
It hasn't been a good year so far in terms of preventing regulatory failures at Southern manufacturing plants. The nation is still reeling from a massive salmonella outbreak linked to peanut products from the Peanut Corporation of America's plant in Blakely, Ga., that has sickened sickened some 666 people and may have contributed to nine deaths.
February 26, 2009 -
North Carolina is not a coal mining state, but its electric utilities are still involved in one of the most destructive mining practices used today -- mountaintop removal mining, which involves blasting off Appalachian peaks to get to the coal and dumping the resulting waste into valleys below.