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Swain County, N.C., map courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, via Wikipedia
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April 24, 2014, Comments Off

Inside WNC is a permanent feature from Carolina Public Press that profiles each of the 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina. This is your guide, including direct links, to elected officials, key agencies and departments, plus information on the county’s wages, housing, education and more for Swain County.

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Inside WNC: Rutherford County

April 23, 2014, Comments Off

This is your guide, including direct links, to Rutherfordton and Rutherford County's elected officials, key agencies and departments, plus information ...

McDowell County, N.C., map courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, via Wikipedia.

Inside WNC: McDowell County

April 16, 2014, Comments Off

This is your guide, including direct links, to McDowell County's elected officials, key agencies and departments, and information on the county’s wa ...

The Sierra Club announced on Wednesday a local campaign to encourage Progress Energy to retire its coal-fired WNC power plant, located in Skyland. Matt Rose/Carolina Public Press

State water quality officials file suit for information on Progress Energy’s Asheville wastewater violations

March 27, 2013, Comments Off

The division’s state water quality inspectors say they have observed unauthorized seeps of liquids at the toe drains of coal ash ponds in Asheville. ...

  • The smoke stacks of the Progress Energy power plant in Skyland are as large up close as far away. The left stack is no longer in use, while the one on the right is responsible for burning the coal used to power all of Progress Energy's Western North Carolina customers. Katie Bailey/Carolina Public Press
    Power plant contamination ruling could come in December
    November 14, 2012, Comments Off

    A complaint with the N.C. Environmental Management Commission by a collection of environmental groups -- many with offices in Asheville -- asks state regulators to take more aggressive action to clean up groundwater contamination from aroun ...

  • A view from above the Progress Energy power plant in Skyland shows the magnitude of coal it takes to power the company's 164,000 customers in Western North Carolina. Photo courtesy of SouthWings.
    Proposed law could impact WNC coal ash regulation, reuse
    August 20, 2012, Comments Off

    Federal legislation recently proposed in the U.S. Senate would affect the handling of coal ash, the byproduct of burning coal to create power at plants like the Progress Energy facility in Buncombe County.

  • WNC Local Food Policy Council Agenda Featured
    Effort building to boost food access, eradicate poverty in far WNC
    August 1, 2012, Comments Off

    A group of farmers, nonprofits, agencies and others in seven Western North Carolina counties are beginning efforts to form a regional food policy council. They're still formulating goals, but attendees listed a long list of problems residen ...

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    Mayfield talks about WNCA’s 30 years of environmental work
    July 27, 2012, Comments Off

    As the Western North Carolina Alliance marks 30 years of environmental advocacy, Carolina Public Press spoke with WNCA Executive Director Julie Mayfield about the nonprofit's history, current initiatives and long-term plans.

  • Travel America center featured
    Nonprofit’s action results in Travel America pollution settlement
    July 26, 2012, Comments Off

    The environmental advocacy group Western North Carolina Alliance found that North Carolina had not enforced most of the penalties beyond initial fines against Travel America's Candler Travel Center for its years of pollution to a stream beh ...

  • Large trees and 10,000 tons of eroded soil contributed to a serious logjam in Transylvania County in 2010. The accumulation of sedimentation problems widened the French Broad River from its average 100-foot width to 250 feet and took two years to repair. Photo Courtesy of the Transylvania County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation District.
    Sediment, stormwater runoff threaten French Broad River
    July 25, 2012, Comments Off

    Environmental advocates and government officials promote education and best management practices to lessen the negative effects sediment and stormwater runoff have on the water quality of the French Broad River.