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Protecting N.C. from fracking

We’ve been on the debate’s frontline as oil and gas companies push to drill in the rural Piedmont, near the Deep River. Thanks to support from thousands of our members and supporters, we helped convince Gov. Bev Perdue to veto a dangerous pro-fracking bill — and won enough votes in the Legislature to derail the legislation.

News Release | Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center

Obama Announces Landmark Mercury Standards

Raleigh, NC – Today, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first-ever nationwide standard for mercury and air toxics pollution from power plants. A record 907,000 Americans submitted comments on the standard, which is expected to cut toxic mercury pollution from power plants by 91 percent.

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Report | Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center

America's Biggest Mercury Polluters

Power plants continue to release large amounts of toxic pollutants, including mercury, into our air. In 2010, two-thirds of all airborne mercury pollution in the United States came from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants. In other words, power plants generate more airborne mercury pollution than all other industrial sources combined.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center

Report: Charlotte in country's top ten for smog

Charlotte–The Charlotte area has had more unhealthy air days in 2011 than all but seven other cities nationwide, according to a new Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center report released today at Plaza Presbyterian Weekday School in Plaza-Midwood.  The analysis, Danger in the Air: Unhealthy Air Days in 2010 and 2011, also showed that under the more protective smog standard President Obama delayed early this month, the number of days officially considered unhealthy to breathe in Charlotte could more than double.

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Report | Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center

Danger in the Air

Charlotte–The Charlotte area has had more unhealthy air days in 2011 than all but seven other cities nationwide, according to a new Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center report released today at Plaza Presbyterian Weekday School in Plaza-Midwood.  The analysis, Danger in the Air: Unhealthy Air Days in 2010 and 2011, also showed that under the more protective smog standard President Obama delayed early this month, the number of days officially considered unhealthy to breathe in Charlotte could more than double.

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Rush to drill and frack halted, for now

Raleigh—In a temporary victory for the state’s beaches and for waterways like the Deep River, lawmakers adjourned today without voting to override Gov. Perdue’s veto of a controversial bill that promotes offshore drilling and onshore “fracking.”

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