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Articles by: Ed Hightower

Hurricane Florence unleashes coal ash, hog waste pollution

Hurricane Florence unleashes coal ash, hog waste pollution

Eleven days after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, rivers are continuing to surge as a result of record rainfalls, forcing more evacuations in the Carolinas and threatening to poison water supplies with coal ash and hog waste. According to official estimates, the storm has already killed 43 people across the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.[Read More…]

Hurricane flooding exposes mass poverty, class oppression in America

Hurricane flooding exposes mass poverty, class oppression in America

Co-Written By Ed Hightower and Barry Grey On Wednesday, President Donald Trump toured portions of North and South Carolina still reeling from the record-setting floods spawned by Hurricane Florence. Trump carefully avoided the scenes of intense human suffering and destruction in the region, including thousands of homeless residents in impoverished areas still waiting for desperately needed aid. He avoided any[Read More…]

Hog farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Tropical Storm Florence inundates toxic manure ponds, coal ash dumps in the Carolinas

In the several days since hurricane Florence made landfall near the border between North and South Carolina, the storm’s floodwaters have set one record after another. The storm’s official death toll now stands at 32 and is expected to rise with entire cities inundated by flood waters. The Cape Fear River in southeastern North Carolina was predicted to crest Wednesday[Read More…]