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Proposed Rules and Legislation

The NC General Assembly began their “long” legislative session in late January, 2017. The long session typically lasts 5-6 months. Below we’ll list legislative initiatives we are following as they are introduced and post Action Alerts when we need volunteers to take action on a proposed piece of legislation or rule change. Please sign up below to be an Air Advocate and receive up-to-date action alerts. Get more information about current legislative activities on the NC Legislature website.

Current Action Item

Policy Developments of Interest

H467: Agriculture and Forestry Nuisance Remedies

Ask your representative and senator to sustain Governor Cooper’s veto of H467: AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY NUISANCE REMEDIES

If a business moved into your neighborhood and subsequently emitted odors so noxious that you no longer could spend time in your backyard or on your front porch on hot summer days, you would want to have the right to demand that the business control those emissions, wouldn’t you?

House Bill 467, Agriculture and Forestry Nuisance Remedies, which Governor Cooper has vetoed, removes the rights of people living near massive hog farms, called Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), to sue those businesses for health damages. These health damages can come from fecal bacteria and excessive odors. These odors and emissions can force people to reduce their activities and impair mental health and cause neuropsychiatric abnormalities. The communities located near CAFOs in North Carolina are predominantly low-income minority communities whose members already are at risk for medical exacerbations due to other health and social disparities.

Clean Air Carolina and Medical Advocates for Healthy Air oppose this bill. We believe that people should have the right to protect their property and their health from hazardous conditions resulting from the activities of neighboring businesses.

The North Carolina House of Representatives voted to override Governor Cooper’s veto, an unfair decision that affects North Carolina’s most vulnerable comunities. Click here to see how your representative voted.

HR 401: A House Resolution Supporting a State Goal of ONe Hundred Percent Clean Energy By 2050 and the Creation of Green Jobs
SB236: Efficient and Affordable Energy Rates

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Advocacy News

Medical Advocates for Healthy Air submitted comments to the NC Utilities Commission signed by 80 medical and health professionals urging the Commission to require Duke Energy to significantly increase the amount of renewable energy they plan to generate in North Carolina during the next 15 years as stated in their Integrated Resource Plan. Read our comments >>

Clean Air Carolina and Medical Advocates for Healthy Air submitted technical comments with our partners, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and Southern Environmental Law Center, objecting to the state’s air permit for the Allen Steam Station which doesn’t require Duke Energy to use the most effective technology to control mercury and other air toxics from their coal plant in Gaston County. Read our comments >>

Clean Air Carolina and Medical Advocates for Healthy Air submitted comments to the New Hanover Planning Department and New Hanover County Commission urging them to prohibit heavy industrial facilities from locating near residential areas and schools. Read our comments >>

Contact Us about Your Air Quality Issues

Is there an air quality issue in your community or across the state that particularly concerns you? Get in touch with us. For issues involving health, please contact Medical Advocates for Healthy Air Manager Laura Wenzel at laura@cleanaircarolina.org. For general issues, or issues pertaining specifically to the Metrolina region, contact Clean Air Carolina Program Director Terry Lansdell at terry@cleanaircarolina.org.

Webinars

In partnership with Moms Clean Air Force and Mothers & Others for Clean Air, MAHA has developed trainings on working with the media and with state legislators. 

Who Represents Me?

Find and contact your legislators to support or oppose state legislative proposals  that could affect North Carolina's air quality.

Let's Advocate for Clean Air! Advocacy Manual

Is there an air quality issue in your community or across the state that particularly concerns you? Learn how to write a letter to the editor or speak with a policymaker with our advocacu manual.

Online Tools for Understanding Air Quality

List of useful online air quality mapping and data tools created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

How to Read NC Legislation

Understanding legal terms and the complicated legislative process can be difficult. Find a sample breakdown of the North Carolina General Assembly's website pages for legislation and bills.