EPA http://wunc.org en EPA's New Carbon Emission Changes; What They Mean For North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/epas-new-carbon-emission-changes-what-they-mean-north-carolina <p></p><p>The EPA proposed sweeping changes to the country's carbon emission regulations. The coal is to cut carbon pollution by 30% by 2030 - relying more heavily on renewable energy sources to generate electricity.</p><p>Jonas Monast is the <a href="http://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/about/people/jonas-monast">Director of the Climate and Energy Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute.</a> He says that North Carolina is well positioned for the changes that will be required.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 02:28:39 +0000 Phoebe Judge 36665 at http://wunc.org EPA's New Carbon Emission Changes; What They Mean For North Carolina Furloughed EPA Workers Opt For Public Service http://wunc.org/post/furloughed-epa-workers-opt-public-service <p></p><p></p><p>One of the largest <a href="http://www.epa.gov/rtp/">EPA</a> offices outside of Washington DC is in Research Triangle Park.&nbsp; That means some 2,000 employees are at home and not working during the government shut-down.&nbsp; But on Tuesday, a few dozen EPA workers could be found spending their un-wanted time off doing community service.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:21:50 +0000 Leoneda Inge 23527 at http://wunc.org Furloughed EPA Workers Opt For Public Service DENR Refuses Federal Water Quality Grants http://wunc.org/post/denr-refuses-federal-water-quality-grants <p>North Carolina environmental officials have said "no" to a federal grant to check water quality in areas where fracking may occur.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.ncdenr.gov/web/guest">state Department of Environment and Natural Resources</a> says the money from the EPA would only pay for salaries of people brought in to do testing.&nbsp;<br><br>Division of Water Resources director Tom Reeder says DENR doesn't need them.<br> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:14:46 +0000 Gurnal Scott 23050 at http://wunc.org DENR Refuses Federal Water Quality Grants Have A Seat: EPA Builds Air Monitor Bench http://wunc.org/post/have-seat-epa-builds-air-monitor-bench <p></p><p></p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency has developed a new way to monitor air pollution and it includes a <a href="http://villagegreen.epa.gov/">park bench</a>.&nbsp; There’s a new bench outside the South Regional Public Library in Durham . It’s the only one of its kind in the country.&nbsp; If you sit down – and look up – you see solar panels and a spinning wind sensor.&nbsp; And you can use your smart phone to scan a QR barcode to get <a href="http://villagegreen.epa.gov/">up to the minute air quality stats</a>.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:52:40 +0000 Leoneda Inge 17742 at http://wunc.org Have A Seat: EPA Builds Air Monitor Bench New Emissions Standards Could Make Natural Gas Cheaper Than Coal http://wunc.org/post/new-emissions-standards-could-make-natural-gas-cheaper-coal <p>A <a href="http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021%2Fes4001642">new study from Duke University</a> says new air quality standards could spur a shift away from coal power to natural gas as a means of generating electricity.&nbsp; A natural gas boom has already made it almost as cheap as coal to turn into electricity, but when researchers factored in new emissions standards from the Environmental Protection Agency, they found that most coal electricity will become as expensive as gas, even if gas prices rise.</p><p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:13:37 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 13234 at http://wunc.org New Emissions Standards Could Make Natural Gas Cheaper Than Coal Contamination Found In Wake Forest Wells http://wunc.org/post/contamination-found-wake-forest-wells <p>About 20 private wells in a Wake Forest neighborhood have been found to be contaminated with a toxic degreasing agent. Kenneth Rhame is a federal on-scene coordinator with the <span class="link-external"><a href="http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/region4.html">Environmental Protection Agency</a></span>. He says one home off Stony Hill Road had concentrations of <span class="link-external"><a href="http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/tri-ethy.html">TCE </a></span>more than 65 times the safe drinking limit.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:30:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 1904 at http://wunc.org Lawsuits Focus on Biomass Facilities http://wunc.org/post/lawsuits-focus-biomass-facilities <p>An exemption for biomass facilities from carbon dioxide limits under the Clean Air Act is being challenged in court. The Environmental Protection Agency is exempting biomass facilities from the rules for the next three years because they're considered carbon-neutral or low-carbon emitters. Frank Rambo is the senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center working on that case.<br> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 22:06:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 8234 at http://wunc.org EPA Cleans Up Chemicals in Rocky Mount http://wunc.org/post/epa-cleans-chemicals-rocky-mount <p>EPA officials are working to clean up tractor trailers containing barrels filled with chemicals on a residential property in Rocky Mount. The owner of the property said the trailers had been there since he inherited the land from his father. When crews arrived on-site they reported strong chemical odors and a trailer was leaking black material. Kenneth Rhame of the EPA says they have determined the air around the site is not contaminated, but soil contamination is still a worry.<br> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 21:47:00 +0000 WUNC News 8482 at http://wunc.org Durham Seeks to Reduce City Fleet's Emissions http://wunc.org/post/durham-seeks-reduce-city-fleets-emissions <p></p><p style="line-height: 15px; margin-bottom: 0.75em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);">There's a new effort underway to reduce pollution in Durham. A number of the city's diesel vehicles have been fitted with emissions reduction equipment similar to that used to cut nitrogen oxide levels from power plants. Stephen Piccot is the Director of The Southern Research Institute and is in charge of the pilot project.</p> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:30:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 8895 at http://wunc.org UNC Research Points To New Ozone Standard http://wunc.org/post/unc-research-points-new-ozone-standard <p></p><p>On warm days like today, pollution in the air can produce excess ozone near the ground. And air quality officials often issue ozone alerts - warning people with breathing problems to reduce activity or stay indoors.&nbsp; But new research from UNC indicates the current acceptable ozone levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency might actually be too high.&nbsp; Fri, 18 Mar 2011 22:00:00 +0000 Rose Hoban 9277 at http://wunc.org UNC Research Points To New Ozone Standard