Articles by Emery P. Dalesio

Cancer-Causing Metal Near Wells Tied to Volcanic Soil More Than Coal Ash: Study

A cancer-causing heavy metal found in water wells near coal ash pits and other industrial sites is much more widespread and naturally occurring than previously thought, university researchers said Wednesday. The presence of hexavalent chromium is more related to volcanic …

Duke Energy to Pay $6M for North Carolina Chemical Plant Spill

Duke Energy Corp. has agreed to pay a $6 million fine for a big spill that coated the Dan River with liquefied coal ash in 2014, North Carolina’s environment agency said Friday. The fine holds Duke Energy accountable for violations …

North Carolina Court Upholds Commissioner’s 25% Rate Increase Rejection

North Carolina’s insurance commissioner had plenty of justification to reject a 2014 request by insurers to raise homeowners’ premiums by an average of 25 percent, the state Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 2. Instead, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin imposed a …

Court Upholds 25% Rate Increase Rejection for North Carolina Homeowners

North Carolina’s insurance commissioner had plenty of justification to reject a 2014 request by insurers to raise homeowners’ premiums by an average of 25 percent, the state Court of Appeals ruled August 2. Instead, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin imposed a …

North Carolina Supreme Court Rules Law Violates Rights of Veteran Teachers

North Carolina’s Supreme Court says state lawmakers violated the constitutional rights of veteran teachers by taking away job protections they’d already earned. The state’s high court ruled unanimously April 15 that the General Assembly can’t retroactively repeal the job protections …

U.S. Justice Dept. to North Carolina: LGBT Law Violates Federal Civil Rights Act

A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can’t be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds …

North Carolina-Based Duke Energy to Turn Pig Poop Into Power

Duke Energy Corp. announced plans to expand its renewable energy from livestock waste, adding poop power to investments the country’s largest electric company has made in whirring wind turbines and acres of solar arrays. The Charlotte-based utility said it contracted …

Roundabouts Reduce Accidents, Injuries in South Carolina

More traffic circles are being built in South Carolina and figures from the state Department of Transportation show they help reduce the number of accidents and injuries at intersections. The Independent Mail of Anderson reports that 15 traffic circles have …

North Carolina Supreme Court Weighing At-Will Firing Practices of State Sheriffs

A trio of lawsuits is challenging the long-standing ability of North Carolina sheriffs to fire their deputies at will – a practice critics say allows some to maintain personal political fiefdoms where paychecks and patronage are connected. North Carolina’s Supreme …

Judge Claims Regulators Not Enforcing Duke Coal Ash Clean-Up in North Carolina

North Carolina’s environmental watchdog agency has not been trying very hard to force Duke Energy to clean up toxic groundwater pollution near a coal-burning power plant where neighbors can’t drink their well water, a federal judge said. U.S. District Judge …