News Release | Environment North Carolina

Three of America’s fifty dirtiest power plants, including the Marshall Plant, call North Carolina home

Charlotte, NC – On the heels of recent flooding in Charlotte and throughout the state, a new report from Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center ranks power plants across the country for carbon pollution, a leading cause of global warming. Three of the nation’s 50 dirtiest power plants, including the Marshall Plant just north of Charlotte, are located in North Carolina, according to the study. Overall, power plants are the state’s largest single source of the pollution that has been linked to extreme weather like droughts, more intense hurricanes, and flooding.

News Release | Environment North Carolina

General Assembly Fails Jordan Lake

Raleigh – Jordan Lake will continue to be polluted, thanks to two bills that passed the North Carolina General Assembly in the final hours of the legislative session.  By  forcing a controversial development next to the most polluted part of Jordan Lake and stalling cleanup of the reservoir, lawmakers voted to allow more pollution in the important drinking water source for years to come.

News Release | Environment North Carolina

General Assembly Retains Fracking Moratorium

Raleigh, NC—Backing down from earlier versions of a sweeping measure on oil and gas extraction in North Carolina, the N.C. General Assembly has voted to retain the state's moratorium on fracking, the controversial form of gas drilling that has long been prohibited in the state. 

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House committee votes to delay Jordan Lake cleanup

Raleigh—A panel of house lawmakers voted today to delay the cleanup plan designed to reduce pollution into Jordan Lake by up to 35 percent.  The Triangle reservoir, a popular state park and a source of drinking water, has failed basic water quality standards for more than a decade.  Environmental advocates criticized the measure, which would delay the cleanup rules adopted in 2009 for the third year in a row.

News Release | Environment North Carolina

President Obama’s Climate Plan a Clear Victory for North Carolina, Future Generations

Raleigh, NC– Today, President Obama announced a climate plan that will set limits on carbon pollution from power plants, advance energy efficiency and increase the nation’s commitment to renewable energy. With over half of the counties in North Carolina facing higher risks of water shortages by mid-century because of climate change, the president’s plan to address global warming was loudly applauded by Environment North Carolina and local leaders.

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