Monthly Archives: May 2015

Meet Asheville’s new police chief: Tammy Hooper

(Asheville Citizen-Times) The city of Asheville has announced it has hired Tammy Hooper, currently deputy chief of the Alexandria, Virginia, Police Department, as the city’s new chief of police. The announcement comes after a national search that generated 141 resumes for the position, vacated when chief William Anderson resigned last year after a bumpy tenure. Hooper, a 26-year veteran of police work, will start work July 20, according to a press release from the city of Asheville.

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Duke Announces Plan to Replace Lake Julian Coal Plant with Natural Gas and Solar Facility

(1350 WZGM) Duke Energy today announced plans to retire its Asheville, N.C., coal-fired power plant in four to five years and modernize its generation and transmission system in western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina – significantly reducing environmental impacts, improving system reliability and minimizing long-term costs to customers. “We’ve developed an innovative plan that’s a ‘win-win-win’ for consumers, the environment and the economy,” said Lloyd Yates, Duke Energy executive vice president of market solutions and president of the Carolinas region. “With the availability and near record low cost of natural gas, this comprehensive project will transform the energy system in the region to meet the growing needs of our customers and significantly reduce emissions and water use. We’re eager to move ahead quickly on these projects and complete the key components of the plan by the end of 2019.”  The plan’s major components include retiring the 376-megawatt Asheville coal power plant, investing approximately $750 million to build a 650-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant, and installing solar generation at the site – one of the first combinations of its kind.

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Tests to look for contamination spread from CTS site

(Asheville Citizen-Times) CTS Corp. will expand testing near its long-closed manufacturing plant, agreeing to a federal government request that raises concern over whether underground contamination from the Superfund site might be more widespread than once thought. Representatives with the Indiana-based company in a March meeting with the Environmental Protection Agency said CTS would conduct more testing on the western edge of an underground contamination plume covering 119 acres. That plume — about the size of 90 football fields — pushes into the backyards of some homes in Southside Village, a gated community near the former plant off Mills Gap Road.

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