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Red wolf pups signal hope for endangered species in NC

Legislation aimed at increasing private school voucher funding in North Carolina is causing concern among educators, particularly in rural areas, as it diverts money from public schools. Deanne Meadows, superintendent of the Columbus County School District, highlighted that underfunding has already forced them to consolidate schools and that private schools receiving vouchers lack the same accountability and inclusivity as public schools.

North Carolina to receive $76m to replace drinking water lines that contain lead

North Carolina will benefit from an additional $76 million in federal funding to replace lead-contaminated drinking water lines, announced by the Biden administration. This grant is part of a larger $9 billion initiative aimed at removing hazardous lead pipes nationwide, particularly focusing on aiding disadvantaged and pollution-burdened communities.

NC meets goal for zero-emissions vehicle registrations, falls short on energy usage in buildings

In an analysis of North Carolina’s state energy spending, NC Newsline reports that the state incurs a $960,000 daily energy bill across its 4,400 buildings. With Governor Roy Cooper’s term nearing its end, the focus intensifies on the state’s progress towards ambitious climate targets set by his administration, including significantly increasing zero-emission vehicles and reducing per-square-foot energy consumption in state-owned buildings.

Duke Energy feeling the heat as public hearings continue this week on carbon plan

Duke Energy’s proposed carbon plan in North Carolina, as discussed in Lisa Sorg’s report for NC Newsline on April 23, 2024, faces scrutiny for potentially delaying necessary greenhouse gas reductions and imposing higher energy costs on low-income families. Amid record high atmospheric CO2 levels, the plan hinges on natural gas expansion and postpones coal plant retirements, with public hearings and written comments currently being solicited before the plan can proceed.

Polluters must pay to clean up areas contaminated with PFOA, PFOS

In a landmark move, the EPA has mandated that industries discharging harmful PFOA and PFOS compounds will be held accountable for cleanup costs under the Superfund law, reinforcing the polluter-pays principle. This ruling, which also imposes stringent reporting obligations, signifies a major shift towards proactive environmental protection and the safeguarding of public health.

Solar leases help NC farm owners up revenues, keep homestead

In the serene fields of Pendleton, North Carolina, Ajulo Othow, founder of EnerWealth Solutions, draws inspiration from her post-Katrina economic development work to establish solar installations that not only respect the landscape but offer sustainable income to local landowners. Her projects prioritize minimal disruption while maximizing benefits, reflecting a thoughtful approach to renewable energy in rural settings, and enhancing both economic and environmental resilience.

Troubled waters: DEQ proposes adding 400+ miles of streams, rivers to impaired list

Despite Bogue Sound’s serene appearance along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, it faces significant environmental threats from bacteria due to aging wastewater infrastructure and other pollution sources, prompting a proposal to list over 1,500 acres of the sound on the federal impaired waterways list for the year. This situation underscores a broader concern across the state, with over 400 miles of streams and rivers proposed to be added to this list, reflecting the ongoing challenge of balancing development and environmental preservation.