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for Indy Week Vol. 31 Issue 9, Feb 2014
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The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) knew that Duke Energy was polluting the Dan River and did nothing to stop it. The DENR and Duke Energy are now under federal investigation. Observers believe the DENR let the spill go as it is the EPA’s job to enforce clean water regulations, but the agency prevented citizen groups from suing Duke Energy. Some argue that this protected Duke Energy while putting citizens and the environment at risk.
The state has partially funded the school voucher program in NC to allow students and parents to choose the schools that are best for them. School vouchers provide $4,200 for low-income students to use to attend private schools they could not afford without the voucher. Opponents argue that this unconstitutional and takes money from public schools. A judge has halted the voucher program and the legality of the program will be decided in the courts.
The development of Chatham Park near Pittsboro is now in doubt. A consulting firm agreed with citizen concerns that the project included insufficient open space, unclear development plans, and major problems with infrastructure. Town leaders are expected to allow Preston Development time to review and revise their plans after reviewing the consultants’ report.