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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Pathogens pose risk at 87 North Carolina beaches

With North Carolinians returning to local beaches this summer, a new report warns that more work is needed to ensure that all waters are safe for swimming. In 2020, 87 North Carolina beaches were potentially unsafe for swimming on at least one day and 7 of those beaches were unsafe on at least 25% of the days they were tested according to Safe for Swimming?, Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center’s annual analysis of bacteria testing.  The report comes as Congress considers investments in water infrastructure.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Duke Energy-backed bill would lock North Carolina into dirty, dangerous fracked gas for decades

A bill drafted by Duke Energy behind closed doors with legislators was unveiled on Tuesday. The bill would mandate the construction of 3,500 megawatts of new fracked gas plants, locking North Carolina into dirty energy generation for decades. The bill also decreases utility transparency and allows Duke to increase customers’ rates for three consecutive years at a time, requires customers to pay a $50 million subsidy to Duke for a new nuclear reactor permit, and would leave customers paying billions for Duke’s bad investments.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Statement: Gov. Cooper’s Executive Order will help North Carolina harness wind power blowing off our coast

Gov. Roy Cooper Issued Executive Order 218 Advancing North Carolina’s Economic and Clean Energy Future With Offshore Wind on Wednesday, which commits the state to a goal of 2.8 gigawatts of wind energy by 2030 and 8 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2040. 

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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

A Perfect Storm: When tropical storms meet toxic waste

The Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center and the North Carolina PIRG Education Fund released a report Thursday highlighting the serious threat posed by toxic “Superfund” waste sites in the paths of hurricanes and tropical storms during the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.   

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Report | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

A Perfect Storm

WITH RECORD-BREAKING WILDFIRES in the west and hurricanes in the east, the United States is experiencing natural disasters on an unprecedented scale. Hurricanes are considered the most powerful weather events on earth, and these storms are becoming stronger as climate change heats the atmosphere and ocean, because these storms are dependent on warm air to form. Now, this report looks at the unprecedented threat of worsening hurricanes to the containment of toxic waste at Superfund sites, with a particular focus on the threats posed by the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

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