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Congratulations to NC’s Climate Champions We’re excited to announce the winners of our 2021 Blue Sky Awards! Each year, CleanAIRE NC honors the individuals, organizations, and partners who have shown extraordinary commitment to tackling the climate crisis and improving North Carolina’s air quality. On Wednesday, November 10th, CleanAIRE NC presented the following 2021 Blue Sky Awards...
by Nancy LaPlaca The Age of Consequences for so-called ‘externalities’ has arrived – but what is an externality? In the jargon of economists, an externality is a cost (or benefit) to a third party who did not agree to it. Air pollution is a classic externality. For example, power plant owners or car manufacturers don’t...
CleanAIRE NC Statement in response to Governor Cooper’s announced compromise with the General Assembly on energy policy legislation. CleanAIRE NC is encouraged to see that lawmakers have made some improvements to the state energy bill (HB 951) over the version that was first proposed earlier this summer. The current bill could go even further to...
CAFO Flood Waterkeeper Alliance
by Joel Porter and Daisha Williams Last week CleanAIRE NC and SELC reached a settlement agreement with Align RNG and the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that will improve community health protections at a proposed biogas plant in Sampson County. Align RNG has agreed to set new limits on air pollution coming from the...
CAFO Flood Waterkeeper Alliance
Press Release from the Southern Environmental Law Center FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 29, 2021 MEDIA CONTACT Kathleen Sullivan 919-945-7106 [email protected] Settlement sets new limits, improves monitoring on gas project to better protect community CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Eastern North Carolina will benefit from new operating limits and better monitoring that will provide greater protections against...
by Joel Porter The state of North Carolina has taken a monumental step in the fight against climate change. On July 13, the NC Environmental Management Commission (EMC) voted to approve our petition for North Carolina to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI – pronounced ‘Reggie’). This is a huge win that will improve...
Methyl bromide is an incredibly dangerous air pollutant. Exposure to methyl bromide can damage our eyes, skin, lungs, kidneys, and central nervous system. Yet despite the risks, this neurotoxin is commonly used through eastern North Carolina at log fumigation plants, endangering the health of the communities that surround these facilities. CleanAIRE NC worked for several...
by Ulla Reeves Every year, over 12 million people visit North Carolina’s most treasured natural area, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Despite it being our region’s most iconic natural area, and the most visited national park in the United States, the Smokies are constantly facing threats from air pollution. The people visiting and enjoying the...
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