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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

New report: Reinstated ‘polluter pays’ taxes should speed up lagging toxic waste cleanup

For more than 20 years, the federal government’s “Superfund” program aimed at cleaning up the nation’s most dangerous toxic waste sites, including 38 in North Carolina, has languished for lack of funding. 

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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

New report: Reinstated ‘polluter pays’ taxes should speed up lagging toxic waste cleanup

For more than 20 years, the federal government’s “Superfund” program aimed at cleaning up the nation’s most dangerous toxic waste sites, including 38 in North Carolina, has languished for lack of funding. 

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Report | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Funding the Future of Superfund

One in six Americans lives within three miles of a toxic waste site that is so dangerous it has been proposed or approved for cleanup under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Superfund program. Less than a quarter of the more than 1,700 sites that have been added to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List since it was created in 1980 have been deleted, which is the final step in confirming all cleanup goals have been achieved at the site.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

New report: North Carolina among national leaders in solar power growth and energy efficiency progress

North Carolina ranks 3rd in the nation for growth in solar power generation since 2011  and is tied in tenth position for growth in improvements in electricity efficiency since 2011, according to a new report released today by Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center. Renewables on the Rise 2021: The rapid growth of renewables, electric vehicles and other building blocks of a clean energy future documents the growth of six key clean energy technologies across the U.S. over the past decade: solar power, wind power, battery storage, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and heat pumps.

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Report | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Renewables on the Rise 2021

In 2020, America produced almost four times as much renewable electricity from the sun and the wind as in 2011, according to a new report from Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group. Renewables on the Rise 2021: The rapid growth of renewables, electric vehicles and other building blocks of a clean energy future finds that if U.S. wind, solar and geothermal power continue to grow at the same 15% annual rate, renewables could meet the nation’s current electricity needs by 2035. 

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