Sierra Club en 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="">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 DENR Refuses Federal Water Quality Grants Group Sues to Block Billboard Rules <p>An environmental group is trying to halt new rules that allow more vegetation to be cut around billboards that line the state's roadways. Billboard owners say the new guidelines are needed to preserve visibility. But the group Scenic NC has filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order on the rules, which go into effect today. Molly Diggins is the executive director of the <a href="">North Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club</a>. She says the law allows clear cutting in front of the signs with no mandate for tree replacement.<br> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 13:10:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 3174 at