Thousands of eastern Wake County wells may have unhealthy levels of radiological chemicals uranium, radon and radium in the drinking water. Wells should be tested for chemicals founds in granite, officials say.
Flooding from Hurricane Florence that submerged a Duke Energy coal ash storage area in Wilmington did not contaminate the Cape Fear River, according to the NC Department of Environmental Quality. Environmentalists disagree.
Waterkeeper Alliance and Earthjustice say coal ash flowed in Cape Fear River during Hurricane Florence leaving the water with high levels of arsenic. Duke Energy calls the claim ‘outrageous.’ The Department of Environmental Quality awaits its test results.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans to cut Medicare Advantage rates by 30 percent on average for its 72,000 North Carolina customers. Customers will see a 25 percent cut in Wake County and a 38 percent cut in Durham County.
Coal ash releases in the Neuse River from Duke Energy’s Lee power plant in Goldsboro have caused arsenic levels to be nearly 18 times higher than what is safe for drinking water, environmentalists say.
Duke Energy has said its water tests on Cape Fear River in Wilmington that the presence of ash in the river was negligible and not harming the water quality. A scientist at NC State and Duke University say Duke Energy’s tests aren’t sufficient.
Hurricane Florence caused municipal sewage systems and septic tanks to fail, hog lagoons to overflow and threatens to compromise other industrial facilities that could pose a threat to human health. All of these hazards find their way into the flooded waters.
UNC Health Care is waiving the $49 fee on its online urgent care service during Hurricane Florence. It offers basic medical consultations for non-emergency issues such as coughs, fevers, rashes, nausea and bug bites.
The Wake County school system has hired a company to get more cell towers built at schools. The leases from the new towers would generate money, but critics say the radio frequency waves from the towers are a health risk for students.
North Carolina has among the nation’s highest infant mortality rates and lags the nation in other measures of children’s well-being. For the first time the state is planning to set numerical goals for improvement.
Public Citizen is urging federal regulators to halt a clinical trial on sepsis patients conducted in 44 sites nationwide, including Duke University Medical Center, UNC Chapel Hill and Wake Forest Baptist Health.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina says premiums paid by Affordable Care Act customers in the Triangle will decrease more than 21 percent on average next year because of its new partnership with UNC Health Care.
Led by an increased demand for natural birthing options, Rex Hospital has credentialed its first midwife in over a decade. She in on call 24/7, until more midwives join her in delivering babies using time-tested methods to prevent complications.