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Report | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Safe for Swimming?

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.

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News Release | Environment America

House passes sweeping PFAS protections: 2025 ban on military use, Superfund cleanup and clean water safeguards

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.

Both chambers have now incorporated our request to rapidly phase out the military’s use of PFAS. This is what communities and service members deserve. The House wants this phaseout by 2025, while the Senate says 2023. We are gratified to see this Congressional race to the top.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Poll shows NC’s 3rd Congressional District Voters Oppose Offshore Drilling and Support Offshore Wind

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. 

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News Release | Environment America

Senate approves 2023 ban on military’s toxic PFAS foams

The U.S. Senate passed its annual defense policy bill today with a host of provisions to address widespread drinking water contamination from toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). One key provision would phase out the military’s use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams — a major source of pollution — by 2023. By incorporating our request to adopt a 3-year timeline for phasing out military use of PFAS, the Senate bill prevents further contamination quickly — which is what communities and service members deserve.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Trump administration’s replacement to Clean Power Plan sends U.S. in the wrong direction on climate change

The Afforable Clean Energy Rule (ACE) defies the latest climate science. It's not a good substitute for the Clean Power Plan. It gives a lifeline to coal power plants instead of prioritizing clean air. 

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