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According to an investigation conducted by NPR, cases of Black Lung disease are still occurring in numbers much higher than previously reported.

According to an investigation conducted by NPR, cases of Black Lung disease are still occurring in numbers much higher than previously reported. Black Lung is the name most commonly used when discussing progressive massive fibrosis, a disease most common to coal miners. The disease is a type of pneumoconiosis a disease of the lungs, and it caused by to inhalation…


Free Screening of “From the Ashes,” a documentary about the impact of the coal industry to take place in Durham and Salisbury Thursday, June 15th.


“From the Ashes” a documentary about national the impact of the coal industry is set to air on the National Geographic Channel later this month, but on Thursday, June 15th, the Yadkin Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, and residents from the Salisbury, NC, area will be hosting a free screening of the documentary.


The documentary “From the Ashes,” debuted at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, will be airing on National Geographic Channel on June 25th and is set for global distribution later this year. The film, produced by Michael Bonfiglio of RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, seeks to provide a realistic, unbiased, clear-eyed examination of the impact of the coal industry, and who, what and how’s of the industry’s impact. The film discusses issues ranging from the economy and the environment to the health and safety of communities and individuals working and living near coal mining and coal-fueled energy production facilities.


A New York Times review of the film finds it provides “a concise overview of the issues,” without placing blame on business executives or politicians, instead, letting those most impacted tell their own stories of how their land, air, water, and lives have been affected by the coal industry. Going on the say that ‘From the Ashes,’ does not need much commentary from corporate or political spokespeople, because the dismay and sorrow of those most impacted speaks for itself through the stories told in the film.


Some of the stories included in the film are those of local residences in Dukeville, North Carolina. The small community of Dukeville, which is not far from the Buck Steam Station, is featured because of the effects of pollutions from the operation of the power station, which led to the state of North Carolina noting residence in April 2015 that the community’s water was not safe to drink. Following the state’s warning, the community worked to hold Duke Energy, the operator of the Buck Steam Station, accountable for the toxic impact of their actions. According to Will Scott, Yadkin Riverkeeper, “Duke has to clean up,” this will include cleaning up coal ash and running a water line to the community to provide them with clean water. Scott called the community’s efforts a “testament to what a small community can do, even against the country’s largest utility, to defend their right to clean water.”


See below for a listing of Free Community Screenings of “From the Ashes.”


Form more information about the documentary, “From the Ashes” visit the film’s website at www.fromtheashesfilm.com


Tune into the National Geographic Channel premiere of “From the Ashes” on June 25th at 9 p.m.






SALISBURY              Thursday, June 15, at 6:30 PM

Location:        Norvell Theatre,

135 E. Fisher St.

Salisbury, NC

No ticket is needed; seating is first come, first served.

Doors open at 6:00 PM.



DURHAM                               June 15 at 7:00 PM

Location:        Levin Jewish Community Center

1937 W Cornwallis Rd,

Durham, NC 27705

For more information call:  (919) 354-4936



A NOTE FROM THE ATTORNEYS AND STAFF OF WALLACE & GRAHAM following the NPR and Democracy Now coverage of the on-going Hog Farm Nuisance Legislation in North Carolina: “As a firm, we are working hard to protect the rights of our clients and the rights of all NC residents. It is in the spirit of protecting the rights of individuals that we choose…

 Democracy NOW! North Carolina Hog Farms Spray Manure Around Black Communities; Residents Fight Back

Amy Goodman of NPR’s Democracy NOW! recently reported on a bill in the North Carolina Legislature aimed at protecting the interest of “Big Business” potentially leaving many North Carolina residents with a STINKY PROBLEM and it is not our waste!

To hear or read the NPR coverage of Hog Farm waste disposal, HB 467 and how many NC communities are washed in hog waste visit www.NPR.org and type Hog Farm Waste in the search bar, or click the links below.

North Carolina Hog Farms Spray Manure Around Black Communities; Residents Fight Back


In North Carolina, Pigs Don’t Fly but Their Feces Do


Injury Claims: Does Hiring a Lawyer Help?

Insurance industry studies show that injured people with a lawyer, on average, get over three times more in monetary recoveries than people without a lawyer. The Insurance Research Council is a research organization supported by insurance companies and associations.  In 2014 it published a report entitled “Attorney Involvement In Auto Injury Claims.” This study found that people who were represented…

Occupational Hearing Loss

One of the most common work-related illnesses Occupational hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States. Every year, approximately 30 million people in the United States are occupationally exposed to hazardous noise. Noise-related hearing loss has been listed as one of the most prevalent occupational health concerns in the United States for more than…

How to Correctly Calculate Your Workers’ Compensation Rate

Calculate Your Workers’ Compensation Rate If you have a filed workers’ compensation claim, it is critically important to determine your correct average weekly wage and workers’ compensation rate. The general rule for determining a workers’ compensation rate is to take your annual earnings for the full year prior to the work injury and to divide those annual earnings by the…

Landmark Decision

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION JUDGE LINKS LUNG CANCER TO DIESEL EXHAUST EXPOSURE The Wall Street Journal recently reported a landmark decision in August 2014 by a workers’ compensation judge in New York who found that a bus mechanic’s exposure to diesel exhaust contributed to the development of his lung cancer and resulting death. According to the Journal, the judge’s finding “has rattled…

I Have Been Diagnosed With Mesothelioma, What Do I Do Now?

I Have Been Diagnosed With Mesothelioma Every year approximately three thousand families across this great country are given the terrible news that they or a loved one has been diagnosed with Malignant Mesothelioma. This disease, caused by past exposure to asbestos dust, immediately causes fear and uncertainty for Mesothelioma has a bad reputation. Questions abound. What is Mesothelioma and what…

Carrying home livestock-associated bacteria?

New Study Suggest A new study suggests that nearly half of workers who care for animals in large industrial hog farming operations may be carrying home livestock-associated bacteria in their noses and the bacteria remains with them up to four days after exposure. Researchers said, that the longer the bacteria remain in workers’ noses, the greater the potential the bacteria…