North Carolina communities making LGBTQ equality gains, according to annual report

BY: - December 1, 2022

North Carolina towns and cities are largely scoring higher on LGBTQ equality measures, according to a new study from The Human Rights Campaign. The national LGBTQ advocacy organization released its annual Municipal Equality Index Wednesday, scoring more than 500 cities across the country on 49 different criteria with regard to law, policies and services of […]

This weekend: Going “Deeper into Democracy” in NC elections

BY: - September 30, 2022

Electoral maps. Court decisions. Economic insecurity. Misinformation and disinformation. With the midterm elections looming, North Carolina voters have a lot to think about. This weekend in Greensboro, Policy Watch’s Lynn Bonner and political scientist Chris Cooper will parse those issues in a wide-ranging public conversation. The free event, Deeper into Democracy: Voting & Elections in […]

Conservative writer Ben Shapiro turns out thousands at UNCG, inspires LGBTQ affirming counter-event

BY: - April 12, 2022

  Conservative writer and podcaster Ben Shapiro drew more than 2,000 people to UNC-Greensboro’s Fleming Gymnasium Monday evening, some coming from across the state as well as Virginia and South Carolina. Free and open to the public, the event brought out passionate supporters of the conservative provocateur as well as critics, protesters and the merely […]

Discharged from Greensboro, toxic chemical 1,4-Dioxane has arrived downstream, contaminating Pittsboro’s drinking water

BY: - April 12, 2022

Levels of 1,4-Dioxane, a likely carcinogen, have increased in Pittsboro’s drinking water over the past week, as an illegal discharge makes its way downstream, according to town officials. The release came from Greensboro’s TZ Osborne wastewater treatment plant on April 5. The plant discharges into South Buffalo Creek, a tributary of the Haw River, which […]

Chemical facility reports it’s the source of latest 1,4-Dioxane spike in Greensboro

BY: - April 8, 2022

This story has been updated with information from Pittsboro. The City of Greensboro again violated the terms of a Special Order by Consent this week after reporting elevated levels of 1,4-Dioxane had been released from its TZ Osborne wastewater treatment plant and into a drinking water supply. Preliminary levels of toxic 1,4-Dioxane were reported at 52 parts […]

PW exclusive: DEQ cites Greensboro company for “imminent and substantial endangerment” over handling of hazardous pharmaceutical waste

BY: - April 1, 2022

A financially troubled company stored more than 500 containers of flammable liquids, gases and hazardous pharmaceuticals without a permit, posing an “imminent and substantial endangerment,” according to state regulators. Pharmaceutical Dimensions, which leased a warehouse at 7353-A W. Friendly Ave. in Greensboro, was cited by the NC Department of Environmental Quality in early March after repeatedly failing to comply with hazardous waste rules for nearly a year.


No culprit identified in Greensboro 1,4-Dioxane spills from 2021; investigation continues

BY: - March 9, 2022

Four months after the most recent 1,4-Dioxane spill that contaminated Pittsboro’s drinking water, the City of Greensboro has not pinpointed a source of the hazardous chemical that entered its sewer system. However, city officials are focusing on the Patton trunk line, a part of the city’s sewer system that sends wastewater to the TZ Osborne […]

N.C. A&T conversation series examines redlining, racial history

BY: - February 22, 2022

When Yvonne Johnson was a young girl in east Greensboro, it was in many ways a different world. She split time between her parents’ house on Beech Street, about a block from N.C. A&T, and her aunt’s place on Market Street, where there were rows of corn on one side and faculty housing on the other.

Levels of 1,4-Dioxane above health advisory goal in untreated drinking water in Pittsboro

BY: - November 18, 2021

One sample of raw — or untreated — drinking water in Pittsboro contained levels of 1,4-Dioxane above the health advisory goal, and concentrations in treated water continue to rise, according to test results released late this afternoon by the town. On Nov. 16, a sample of raw water contained 38.1 parts per billion of 1,4-Dioxane, […]

After thinking it had “dodged a bullet,” Pittsboro reports increase in 1,4-Dioxane in drinking water

BY: - November 16, 2021

Just days ago, Pittsboro officials said they considered the town “lucky,” thinking a slug of 1,4-Dioxane from the City of Greensboro had bypassed its water intake on the Haw River. But new test results today have prompted town staff to say they are “concerned by the uptick in concentration in in raw water samples.” Those […]

Pittsboro officials: “the Town was simply lucky this time” regarding 1,4-Dioxane from Greensboro

BY: - November 11, 2021

The slug of toxic 1,4-Dioxane coursing down the Haw River from Greensboro arrived in Pittsboro at just the right time. Pittsboro Town Manager Chris Kennedy announced in a press release today that based on low levels of compound in drinking water, the contamination passed the town’s water intake from the Haw River during “dormant raw […]

Greensboro releases yet another slug of 1,4-Dioxane into Haw River, Pittsboro’s drinking water supply

BY: - November 9, 2021

Update Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m.: Cory Saulsbury, superintendent of Pittsboro’s water plant told Policy Watch that sampling from from Nov. 3 to Nov. 8 showed levels of 1, 4-Dioxane at 1.07 ppb. Saulsbury said the town will “continue to monitor the situation by pulling samples every day this week with a rush order.”  Greensboro’s wastewater treatment […]