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2020

LAWSUIT: GOVERNMENT ILLEGALLY “CUT CORNERS” TO RAM THROUGH NEPA CHANGES

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – A group of 17 environmental organizations in a lawsuit today accused the government of racing through an industry-friendly rewrite of the National Environmental Policy Act by “cutting corners” and discarding decades of rule-making policies that ensure major legal changes are done fairly and transparently. Read more >>

FEDS GUT CORNERSTONE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LAW

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – The Trump administration in an announcement today hobbled the nation’s bedrock environmental protection, the National Environmental Policy Act, a law that has given marginalized communities a say in what happens to them when governments propose life-altering projects like highways and pipelines. Read more >>

GOVERNOR COOPER EXTENDS PROTECTIONS TO NORTH CAROLINIANS ON THEIR UTILITY BILLS AS THEY STRUGGLE WITH ECONOMIC DOWNTURN FROM PANDEMIC

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – Today, at the urging of over 30 non-governmental organizations Governor Cooper announced the extension of Executive Order 124, extending protections to North Carolinians who have had difficulty paying to keep their utilities on during the pandemic. These basic yet essential services provide life supporting water, sewer services, heat, and electricity. This order provides a lifeline for an additional 60 days. Read more >>

PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION ‘PARTICLE FALLS’ WILL REVEAL CHARLOTTE’S INVISIBLE AIR POLLUTION, BEGINNING FEBRUARY 28

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – Clean Air Carolina is pleased to announce the return of Particle Falls to Charlotte. The innovative real-time air quality display by environmental artist Andrea Polli will be projected onto the west side of UNC Charlotte Center City (320 E. 9th Street) every evening from February 28 through March 28. Read more >>

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2019

NORTH CAROLINA CLIMATE ADVOCATES GATHER IN CHARLOTTE FOR STATE OF THE CLIMATE 2019

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – Policymakers, business leaders, and climate advcates from across North Carolina will gather in Charlotte next week for State of the Climate, an annual celebration of progress and champions in the struggle against climate change. Organized by Clean Air Carolina, the ceremony will take place at the Barrel Room at Catawba Brewing Co. on the evening of Thursday, November 7, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Read more >>

TOUR OF SOLAR-POWERED HOMES IN PLAZA MIDWOOD PROMISES TO DEMONSTRATE THE VALUE OF GOING SOLAR

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – People interested in learning about renewable home energy options will take a guided bike tour of solar-powered homes through Plaza Midwood this Saturday, October 5, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Co-hosted by Clean Air Carolina and Renewable Energy Design Group, the tour will showcase the solar technologies Charlotte homeowners are using to drastically reduce monthly energy bills, reduce harmful carbon emissions, and enjoy tax credits and cash incentives as they improve their property values. Read more >>

Complete 540 Project Moves Forward with Settlement Agreement

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – The N.C. Department of Transportation and Sound Rivers, Inc., Center for Biological Diversity, and Clean Air Carolina, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, have signed a settlement agreement. This will allow the N.C. Turnpike Authority to proceed with the Triangle Expressway Southeast Extension (also known as Complete 540) project while simultaneously setting in place protections for clean air, clean water and endangered aquatic species. Read more >>

Charlotte City and Mecklenburg County Elected Officials Join Community Leaders to Speak Out Against Rolling Back America’s Clean Car Standards

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – Today, Charlotte City Council Member Dimple Ajmera and Mecklenburg County Commissioner Susan Rodriguez-McDowell were joined by community leaders for a press conference in Charlotte to oppose the proposed rollback of America’s clean car standards by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Deputy Administrator Heidi King. Read more >>

Polk County Middle School Installs Air Quality Monitor to Promote Student Safety

MILL SPRING, NORTH CAROLINA – Last week, officials at Polk County Middle School worked with Clean Air Carolina to install an air quality monitor on the school grounds that will enable students and staff to learn more about the air they breathe. Polk County Schools requested the air monitor following odor complaints as a nearby Dominion Energy natural gas facility came into operation. Read more >>

Challenge from Clean Air Groups Forces NC Wood Pellet Factory to Install Pollution Controls

CHARLOTTE, JUNE 3, 2019 – The world’s largest manufacturer of wood pellet fuel for power plants, Enviva, agreed to install air pollution-reducing equipment at a biomass plant under construction in Richmond County, North Carolina, in a settlement finalized today after three conservation groups challenged its state permit. Read more >>

J.T. Williams Montessori to Hold Ozone Garden Dedication Ceremony

CHARLOTTE, MAY 13, 2019 – Students, staff, and community members will gather at J.T. Williams Montessori this week to dedicate a new ozone garden. The school’s ozone garden will alert families and residents to the presence of ozone pollution, a dangerous problem that will grow as summer advances. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 15, from 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM. Read more >>

Clean Air Carolina Challenges Air Permit for Enviva Hamlet Expansion in Richmond County

CHAPEL HILL, FEB 15, 2019 – The Southern Environmental Law Center and the Environmental Integrity Project, on behalf of their client Clean Air Carolina, today challenged the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s issuance of an air quality permit to Enviva Hamlet, a wood pellet manufacturing facility currently under construction in Richmond County, North Carolina. Read more >>