News Releases

News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Duke Energy Must Finally Clean Up Their Coal Ash Mess

Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center, affected communities and activists across the state are celebrating the Cooper Administration's announcement that Duke Enegry must clean up all its remaining coal ash ponds aross the state. Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center will remain vigilant and hold Duke Energy accountable as cleanup plans are finalized and implemented. 

News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

New report highlights how toxic “accidents waiting to happen” threaten U.S. waterways

Facilities storing billions of gallons of toxic waste threaten America’s rivers and millions of people who live near them, according to a new report from the Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center, NCPIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group.

News Release | Environment America

Hurricane Michael coverage: Data, resources and interview opportunities

With Hurricane Michael expected to make landfall Wednesday in western Florida as a major, Category 3 hurricane, then continue through the Southeast, The Public Interest Network (which includes U.S. PIRG, Environment America, Environment Florida, Environment Georgia, Environment North Carolina and Environment Virginia, among other organizations) is sharing information to help your readers and viewers contextualize the major environmental, health and consumer concerns posed by Michael.

News Release | Environment North Carolina

Threats posed by coal ash ponds, nuclear power plants, and hog waste lagoons in the path of Hurricane Florence

North Carolina is the nation’s second-largest pork producer, with much of that production taking place at industrial-scale farms. Waste at these farms is often stored in lagoons, which are ponds filled with waste that has been mixed with water. These lagoons are often just simple pits separated from waterways by an embankment. Spills can occur when lagoons fail or overflow, or when hoses or pipes carrying waste leak.