Blounts Creek, N.C. Faces Flood of Mine Wastewater

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Flooding of Blounts Creek with Martin Marietta’s Mine Wastewater before N.C. Supreme Court

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— On behalf of Sound Rivers and the North Carolina Coastal Federation, the Southern Environmental Law Center today filed a petition with the North Carolina Supreme Court arguing that a state permit failed to protect the waters of a...

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Community unites against threat to Blounts Creek

Blounts Creek is a swampy, brackish North Carolina creek that flows through wetlands on its way to the Pamlico River. The creek’s unique mix of saltwater and freshwater fish surrounded by densely forested shores attracts visitors from across the regi...

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Court order prevents mine wastewater from flooding Blounts Creek, N.C.

A state court vacated a state permit that would have allowed a proposed Martin Marietta mine to discharge millions of gallons of wastewater every day into a popular fishing creek in eastern North Carolina, flooding it. SELC fought the North Carolina...

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Blounts Creek Saved from Flooding with Mine Wastewater by Court Order

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— A state court vacated a state permit that would have allowed a proposed Martin Marietta mine to discharge millions of gallons of wastewater a day into a popular fishing creek in eastern North Carolina, flooding it. On behalf of...

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N.C. administrative court allows flooding Blounts Creek with mine wastewater

UPDATE (12/29): This week, SELC filed an appeal of the lower court decision to allow mining waste to flood, and irreparably change, a popular fishing creek in eastern North Carolina. The appeal, filed in Carteret County Superior Court, challenges...

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Administrative Court Allows Flooding of Blounts Creek with Mine Wastewater

Chapel Hill, N.C.— A state administrative court today upheld a state permit that allows a proposed Martin Marietta mine to flood a popular fishing creek in eastern North Carolina with wastewater from the mine. On behalf of Sound Rivers and the N.C....

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EPA sends warning to state enviro agency in N.C.

The efforts of North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality to block citizen review of environmental permits have drawn the attention of the Environmental Protection Agency. In a recent letter to the DEQ, EPA noted that, depending on the...

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Ruling confirms citizens’ right to protect Blounts Creek in court

In a hearing today, a superior court judge in Beaufort County ruled that citizens do have the right to ask the courts to enforce the laws when the state fails to do so. This reverses an earlier decision denying citizens concerned about the health of...

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Barbeque serves up continued support for Blounts Creek

North Carolinians from across the state recently gathered to show their ongoing support for Blounts Creek, a popular fishing spot threatened by the opening of a Martin Marietta mining operation near its headwaters. This creek—vital to an abundance...

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SELC continues fighting to protect Blounts Creek

On Monday SELC appealed a recent court ruling that would allow a proposed Martin Marietta mine to destroy a popular fishing creek in eastern North Carolina by inundating it with mine wastewater. On March 20, a judge ruled that downstream North...

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Conservation Groups Appeal Court Approval of Blounts Creek’s Destruction

Chapel Hill, N.C.— Conservation groups today appealed an earlier court ruling that would allow a proposed Martin Marietta mine to destroy a popular fishing creek in eastern North Carolina with wastewater from the mine and eliminate the rights of...

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Court approves destruction of popular North Carolina fishing creek

A state administrative court has denied downstream residents and business owners represented by SELC the right to challenge a permit that would allow a mining company to destroy a popular fishing creek in Eastern North Carolina. SELC was...

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Court Approves Destruction of Blounts Creek

Chapel Hill, N.C.— A state administrative court upheld a state permit that would allow a proposed Martin Marietta mine to destroy a popular fishing creek in eastern North Carolina with wastewater from the mine. Judge Phil Berger Jr. denied...

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Plans to Flood Blounts Creek with Mine Wastewater Challenged

On behalf of the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation and the N.C. Coastal Federation, the Southern Environmental Law Center today challenged a state permit that would allow a proposed Martin Marietta mine to flood a popular fishing creek in eastern North...

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