NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources http://wunc.org en Air Quality Shapes Public Health http://wunc.org/post/air-quality-shapes-public-health <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3" style="line-height: normal;">S</font><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">tronger emission controls in North Carolina are closely associated with declining death rates from respiratory illnesses like asthma and emphysema, according to a Duke University study released this week.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:26:00 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 37832 at http://wunc.org Air Quality Shapes Public Health Is North Carolina To Blame For Northern States' Air Pollution? http://wunc.org/post/north-carolina-blame-northern-states-air-pollution <p>That's not an easy question to answer.</p><p>Earlier this week, eight Northern states filed a petition with the EPA alleging that states from the South and Midwest are producing enough smog that it's affecting the air quality downwind. But how much can be blamed on North Carolina?</p><p>On the face of it, it's likely that some of North Carolina's air pollution does seep across state lines.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:37:38 +0000 Eric Mennel 27175 at http://wunc.org Is North Carolina To Blame For Northern States' Air Pollution? North Carolina's Energy Jobs, Energy Future http://wunc.org/post/north-carolinas-energy-jobs-energy-future <p></p><p></p><p>Policy-makers and business leaders say North Carolina’s economic future relies on energy.</p><p>Governor Pat McCrory was one of many speakers and panelists at the <a href="http://ncchamber.net/">North Carolina Chamber's</a> Energy Conference at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham.&nbsp; McCrory said it’s time to follow the economic recoveries of Ohio, Pennsylvania and the Dakotas.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:56:39 +0000 Leoneda Inge 26851 at http://wunc.org North Carolina's Energy Jobs, Energy Future N.C. Conservationists To Begin Coastal Cleanup Project in 2014 http://wunc.org/post/nc-conservationists-begin-coastal-cleanup-project-2014 <p></p> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 02:51:49 +0000 Gurnal Scott 24028 at http://wunc.org N.C. Conservationists To Begin Coastal Cleanup Project in 2014 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 Raleigh To Replace Dams http://wunc.org/post/raleigh-replace-dams <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Engineers in </span><a href="http://www.raleighnc.gov/services/content/PWksStormwater/Articles/StormwaterUtilityMainPage.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Raleigh's Storm Water Utilities Department</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are planning to replace dams protecting some capital city neighborhoods.&nbsp; Each project is expected to begin next year with costs into the millions of dollars.</span></p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:09:31 +0000 Gurnal Scott 22984 at http://wunc.org Raleigh To Replace Dams NC Falls Behind Federal Water Quality Standards http://wunc.org/post/nc-falls-behind-federal-water-quality-standards <p>North Carolina is not keeping up with the Environmental Protection Agency's rules to measure water quality.&nbsp;</p><p>The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources has not updated its standards of measuring toxic metals in water since 2007.&nbsp; The Clean Water Act requires states to hold public hearings and review their rules every three years.&nbsp; North Carolina is the only state in the EPA's southeast division that has not adopted the latest federal rules.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:15:20 +0000 Will Michaels 20692 at http://wunc.org NC Falls Behind Federal Water Quality Standards Two Public Hearings Scheduled For Alcoa’s Yadkin Dam Operations http://wunc.org/post/two-public-hearings-scheduled-alcoa-s-yadkin-dam-operations <p>Two public hearings are scheduled this week in the ongoing fight over whether Alcoa should be allowed to continue operating dams on the Yadkin River.&nbsp;</p><p>The hydroelectric dams are about 60 miles south of the Triad, and they powered Alcoa’s aluminum plant in Badin for decades. The factory is now closed, but Alcoa is seeking another 50-year federal license to operate the dams and sell the electricity on the open market. Mon, 13 May 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 15135 at http://wunc.org Two Public Hearings Scheduled For Alcoa’s Yadkin Dam Operations Why Legislators Are Changing State Environmental Policy http://wunc.org/post/why-legislators-are-changing-state-environmental-policy <p>A variety of measures aimed at weakening environmental protections are making their way through the General Assembly. One would limit environmental regulations while another would repeal a six-year-old renewable energy policy. Meanwhile, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is changing its mission statement to reflect an emphasis on customer service, a move some call anti-science.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 14:06:16 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 14922 at http://wunc.org Why Legislators Are Changing State Environmental Policy Coastal Plain Counties Praised For Conservation Efforts http://wunc.org/post/coastal-plain-counties-praised-conservation-efforts-0 <p>Officials with the state Division of Water Resources say a <a href="http://www.ncwater.org/Reports_and_Publications/GWMS_Reports/CCP_draft_Assessment_20130213.pdf">new report</a> shows great improvement in groundwater levels over <a href="http://www.ncwater.org/Permits_and_Registration/Capacity_Use/Central_Coastal_Plain/">a 15-county area in eastern North Carolina</a>. According to state officials, deep-well, freshwater aquifers in the coastal plain have to stay above full capacity to keep from mixing with saltwater.&nbsp; If they were to mix, cities would have to spend money to filter out saltwater to make their water is safe to drink. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott & Brent Wolfe 13717 at http://wunc.org Coastal Plain Counties Praised For Conservation Efforts