The Sierra Club hosted about 50 locals to a boat tour up the Cape Fear River this past Saturday. The destination was Duke's Sutton Plant, and the group brought on board speakers who touched on river ecology and current water quality issues.
This December, Duke Energy Progress will retire the coal units at Wilmington’s Sutton Plant, and switch to more energy-efficient natural gas operations. But while those coal units are being decommissioned, Duke will keep their ash basins operational for what they say is a short time. However, local environmental advocates are pushing to excavate the ash immediately, as they say its chemical components could pose public health threats. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that the Sierra Club and Cape Fear River Watch have teamed up to launch a petition demanding a timetable from Duke.
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North Carolina Writer’s Network Annual Fall Conference will be held November 15-17, next Friday through Sunday in Wrightsville Beach. Guest Midday Interview host Jason Hess interviewed author Rebecca Lee and Nicki Leone about the writing life, the conference, and how writers can get involved with the conference.