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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Statement: EPA’s new lead rule fails to ensure safe drinking water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized on Tuesday its update to the Lead and Copper Rule -- the federal regulation that is supposed to keep lead out of our drinking water. The final rule fails to order full removal of all lead service lines within 10 years - despite  concerns raised by EPA’s own science advisors and comments submitted by 63 organizations and more than 18,000 individuals from across the country.  The new rule also offers little more than limited testing to address widespread lead contamination of schools’ drinking water.

News Release | Environment North Carolina

Statement: President-elect Biden picks powerful advocate for the environment from North Carolina as EPA head

President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate Michael S. Regan to head the Environmental Protection Agency. In response to Secretary Regan’s nomination, Environment North Carolina  issued a statement.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service punts on decision to list monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act

"It’s horrifying that the monarch’s population has fallen so low; it’s great to hear that the Fish and Wildlife Service, after conducting an ‘intensive, thorough review,’ agrees that the monarch deserves new protections. And it’s absurd that the agency is punting on any sort of plan to protect this important species."

News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

New report shows North Carolina leadership through decade of U.S. renewable energy progress

North Carolina ranks 2nd in the nation for growth in solar energy production since 2010, according to a new report by Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center, released today at a virtual press conference. The project, Renewables on the Rise 2020, documents and compares the growth of five key clean energy technologies in each state over the past decade: solar power, wind power, battery storage, energy efficiency and electric vehicles. 

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Asheville & Durham Elected Officials and Advocates Speak Out Against Rollback of U.S. Clean Car Standards During COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, State Senator Mike Woodard (D-22) and State Representative Brian Turner (D-116) joined Dr. Robert A. Parr, DO, a Medical Advocate for Healthy Air for Clean Air Carolina, and Drew Ball, State Director for Environment North Carolina, to speak out against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rollback of U.S. clean car standards in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual press conference was hosted by Environment North Carolina.