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Second coal ash dump leak sends arsenic-laced toxins into North Carolina river

North Carolina on Tuesday ordered Duke Energy Corp to plug a leak of contaminated wastewater from a decommissioned power plant, which authorities in the state said might be leaking into a river that supplies drinking water. The arsenic-laced discharge from a 36-inch stormwater pipe was the second this month from…

House spending bill slashes environmental protections

Environmental groups are aghast at proposed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, which they claim is “larded up with giveaways to polluters and corporate donors.” The U.S. House of Representatives began debate Monday on the Fiscal Year 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. The House Appropriations Committee approved the…

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