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NC got an ‘F’ for unsafe school drinking water. Activists want the lead out of schools.

Environmental activists have launched a new campaign to protect children from drinking lead-contaminated water in schools following a national report that gave North Carolina a failing grade for safe school drinking water. North Carolina was among 22 states that got an “F” grade for not getting rid of lead from school drinking water, according to Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund. This week, Environment North Carolina released a back-to-school toolkit that gives the public information on how to get the lead out of schools.

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Environment NC launches new program to “get the lead out” of school drinking water

Environment North Carolina is releasing a new free toolkit to help parents, teachers and administrators Get the Lead Out of school drinking water.  With a lack of accurate information on lead contamination in schools throughout the state, this “Back to School Get the Lead Out Toolkit” gives parents, educators, and caretakers information about the problem, solutions, ways to take action, and resources for more information.

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Solar farms bright spot in economy, environment

Solar farms cropping up around southern Nash County are good for the economy and environment, according to local officials and a statewide conservancy group.

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Group reports dirty water at North Carolina beaches and calls for daily testing

More than 100 North Carolina beaches and waterways were potentially unsafe for swimming at least one day last year because they were contaminated with bacteria that makes people sick. A report by Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center released Monday said 127 of 213 areas in the state had levels of fecal contamination that made swimming unsafe on at least one day in 2018.

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Bees are dying. Would a consumer ban on this kind of pesticide help?

If you find yourself sipping a cold brew with a piece of watermelon in your hand this summer, you can thank the bees for making that snack possible. Bees pollinate almost three-quarters of the 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of the world’s food supply, say advocates working on a campaign to protect bees from insecticides.

Last week, the grassroots group Environment North Carolina delivered a petition with 13,452 signatures to Gov. Roy Cooper’s office, calling for a consumer ban on the sale and use of neonicotinoids (neonics) pesticides. Advocates gathered in downtown Raleigh, not far from regional headquarters for Syngenta and other businesses like Bayer and Dow Chemical that manufacture neonics and say their products are safe when applied according to label directions.

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