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Tag Archives: Pollution

Deal ends environmental racism complaint against hog farms

RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina officials are resolving a formal complaint of environmental racism by promising tougher oversight of industrial swine operations blamed for polluting the air and water. The state Department of Environmental Quality and a coalition of environmental groups ...

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Ex-Camp Lejeune resident’s cancer claims can proceed (access required)

A lawsuit brought by a woman who was one of perhaps a half-million people exposed to cancer-causing pollutants and contaminants in drinking and bathwater at Camp Lejeune has withstood a salvo of dismissal motions filed by the government. But now a new motion is pending. The plaintiff, Laura J. Jones of Iowa, lived with her husband, a marine, at Camp Lejeune from 1980 to 1983. In 2003 Jones was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. She didn't learn about problems with Camp Lejeune's water supply until 2005.

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Environmental – Administrative – Real Property – Variance – Land-Disturbing Activity – Sedimentation Pollution Control Act (access required)

Hensley v. North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources. Both the respondent-developer's proposal and the respondent-agency's variance conditions ensured that erosion and sedimentation were minimal during the period of golf course construction along Banks Creek. Our Court of Appeals held that the project was not "temporary" because of the developer's presumed need to conduct periodic maintenance activity in the creek's buffer zone; however, this reading contradicts the stated purpose of the Sedimentation Pollution Control Act: to encourage continued development.

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