Pine needles can contain toxic PFAS compounds, according to NC State study
Pine needles don’t lie. Scientists at NC State University have detected more than 70 types of toxic PFAS in pine needles, including extremely high levels of several compounds in needles collected near Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The findings, and others detailed in a recent study, could help scientists “fingerprint” the compounds and trace them over time […]
‘Sooner’ or ‘later’? Fate of Wake Stone quarry near Umstead State Park hinges on one word
Former N.C. Attorney General says there was no typo, but the state intended for mining to wind down in 2032, not the 22nd century One word — “sooner” — in a 40-year-old mining permit could alter the future of a quarry and its proposed expansion adjacent to Umstead State Park in Raleigh.
Umstead Park advocates ask court to declare airport lease invalid; exploratory drilling could begin this week
The Umstead Coalition, Triangle Off-Road Cyclists and three more plaintiffs filed a complaint in Wake County Court today, asking a judge to invalidate a lease between the RDU Airport Authority and Wake Stone for a quarry on 105 acres adjacent to Umstead State Park. Of the acreage nearly half would be used for the quarry, which […]
RDU officials side with mining interests in clash over Umstead quarry
Umstead State Park in winter is at its least beautiful, but in no way is it ugly. Within the park’s palette of gray and rust appear plush pelts of moss in iridescent green and coarse crowns of lichens in dusty mint. Outcrops of ancient rocks, composed of minerals such as feldspar and quartz, are strewn across the forest floor like scattered teeth.