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Triangle Transit To Discuss Durham/Orange Light Rail Project At Public Workshops PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 14:23

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Earlier this year, the federal government gave a green light to the development phase of a Triangle-based light rail system and now local transit officials are hosting workshops about the $1.3 billion Durham-Orange line. 

 
Voters in Durham and Orange counties approved a one-half cent sales tax to fund the local share of the project. Wake residents have not voted on the issue. 
 
Triangle Transit will host the meetings to discuss information about the 17-mile project. Allowing the public to share concerns will assist officials in preparing a draft Environmental Impact Statement that will be published and available for public comment next spring.  
 
According to an Orange County news release, the proposed light rail line will run from Chapel Hill to East Durham, serving UNC Hospitals and UNC, Mason Farm Road, Friday Center, Leigh Village, Patterson Place, South Square, Duke University, Duke University Medical Center, the VA Medical Center, downtown Durham, and Alston Avenue/NC Central University. 
 
Workshop Schedule:  
 
--Tuesday, November 18, from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Durham Station Transportation Center,    517 W. Pettigrew Street in Durham
 
--Tuesday, November 18, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
UNC Friday Center in Chapel Hill
 
-- Wednesday, November 19, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Marriott/Spring Hill Suites, 5301 McFarland Road at Patterson Place in Durham 
 
-- Thursday, November 20, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street in Durham 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 14:23
 
DENR Moves On Groundwater Contamination At Wilmington-Area Coal-Fired Power Plant PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 16:32

 

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Groundwater contamination from coal ash ponds at New Hanover County's L.V. Sutton Electric Plant is the subject of notice of violation and an intent to enforce by the state's lead regulatory agency.
 
This week the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources notified Duke Energy Progress in a letter.
 
According to a statement issued by the agency, the notice of violation is the legally required first step toward issuing the utility a fine for violations of the state’s groundwater contamination laws.
 
The action represents the first step in assessing penalties for violations of the state’s groundwater protection laws. In addition to any penalties for violating state groundwater standards, penalties for violations of the utility’s federal Clean Water Act permit will be addressed through an enforcement agreement DENR has established with the Environmental Protection Agency, DENR said in a statement. 
 
 
$2.2 Million Approved For 37 Local Water Resources Projects PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 25 August 2014 09:39

 

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Restoration of streams, reduction of erosion, and the study of future water supplies. These three goals can now be addressed, thanks to $2.2 million in water resource grants appropriated to three dozen local governments by the state Division of Water Resources.
 
Money for the grants was generated by appropriations from the General Assembly. 
 
The division awarded the following grants:
 
·        Ashe County New River Soil and Water a $65,000 grant for a stream restoration project at Bowlin-Peak Creek.
 
·        Bladen County Soil and Water a $4,000 grant for the Butter-Richardson community drainage study.
 
·        Burgaw a $25,000 grant for a stormwater management plan.
 
·        Haywood County Soil and Water a $1,500 grant for a water management project adjacent to Raccoon Creek.
 
·        Haywood County Soil and Water a $23,948 grant for a stream restoration project on Richland Creek.
 
·        Henderson County a $199,000 grant for the second phase of a dam removal on the Big Hungry River.
 
·        Jonesville a $41,750 grant for the second phase of the Yadkin River Greenway Bridge.
 
·        Lenoir a $50,000 grant for a downtown stormwater facility at Harper Avenue.
 
·        Wilmington a $45,000 grant for waterfront planning.
 
·        Washington County a $19,000 grant for the Lake Phelps Hydrologic Study.
 
 
The state awarded $756,788 in funding for the shallow draft navigation channel and lake dredging projects in Brunswick, Carteret, Dare and Mecklenburg counties. 
 
A total of $1,013,891 was awarded to soil and water conservation districts in Alleghany, Alexander, Avery, Buncombe, Lincoln, Macon, McDowell, Polk, Surry, Watauga and Yadkin counties as part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). 
 
 
 
Alamance County Groups Help Build Project To Snag $7.3 Million Investment In Burlington PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:11

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Alamance County, the City of Burlington, and Alamance County Community College joined with the state's Commerce Department to incent CS Carolina, Inc. to create 22 new jobs and invest $7.3 million over the next three years in Burlington.

 
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $80,000.  These grants require and are contingent upon local matches. 
 
CS Carolina, Inc. manufacturers, sells and distributes yarn. CS Carolina employs 27 workers in Alamance County. As part of its expansion, the company will relocate its plant from Swepsonville to Burlington, retaining those jobs and adding to the workforce. 
 
“Textile manufacturing is a rich part of North Carolina’s history,” said Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker of the investment. “It is great to see this yarn manufacturer build upon its presence in the Piedmont and double its workforce in Alamance County.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:17
 
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