Last week, the EPA held a public hearing in Charlotte on proposed coal ash regulations, one of eight hearings planned nationwide. The hearing cast a brighter light locally on the topic of coal ash pollution, but the situation is complex, and has several facets — and points of view. On this edition of Charlotte Talks, we’ll bring you up to speed on the proposed regulations, what people on all sides of the issue think, and what impact all of this has on the Charlotte region.
Bruce Henderson – reporter for the Charlotte Observer
Rhiannon Bowman – freelance reporter who has written on this topic for Creative Loafing
John Downey – Senior Staff Reporter for the Charlotte Business Journal
It’s been a long hot summer for the economy and some experts suggest that we are sliding back into what would be a double dip recession. Timed with this news is UNC Charlotte Economics Professor John Connaughton’s quarterly forecast. At the beginning of the summer Professor Connaughton forecast modest growth for the region. We’ll find out if he still feels that way or if North Carolina will join the slide back into recession. It’s time for our quarterly visit with John Connaughton to look at the region’s economic health.
John Connaughton – Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic Forecast at UNC Charlotte
- Charlotte Talks | North Carolina Economic Forecast (last quarter)