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On the wrong day at the wrong beach, swimming could make you sick.
Since 2009, North Carolina has seen explosive growth in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and a promising amount of growth in the wind energy sector, according to a new report released by Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center. The report also highlights advances in the use of energy storage and electric vehicles. According to the data, North Carolina ranked 9th among the states for improvements in electricity energy efficiency programs.
The Clean Water Act, adopted in 1972 with overwhelming bi-partisan support, had the farsighted and righteous goal of making all our waterways safe for swimming. Yet 46 years later, all too often, Americans visiting their favorite beach are met by an advisory warning that the water is unsafe for swimming. Even worse, in recent years millions of Americans have been sickened by swimming in contaminated water.
The U.S. House approved a host of provisions today to address widespread drinking water contamination from toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The annual defense spending bill would phase out the military’s use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams by 2025 — a major source of drinking water contamination. The bill would also designate all PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances under Superfund and toxic pollutants under the Clean Water Act, spurring cleanup and reducing discharges into waterways, respectively.
A poll on behalf of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, Environment North Carolina and the NRDC Action Fund was conducted in NC's 3rd Congressional District to see where the opinions of the voters there lie. The majority of voters believe offshore drilling is too risky for our coastal communities, over 60 percent would like to see more wind development, and over 60 percent are concerned with the impacts of climate change.
Have you ever thought about going solar at your home or business? Environment North Carolina has partnered with EnergySage to make finding your local solar options easy. Find out more.