Category Archives: Environment

EPA: Air Quality Improves as America Grows

Last month, the EPA released a new report entitled “Our Nation’s Air 2017,” which analyzes the changes in our nation’s air quality and compares those changes to those in our economy. The report’s findings were encouraging as we work to strengthen North Carolina’s economic competiveness, while supporting commonsense safeguards for a healthy natural environment. As indicated within the report, our…

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Improving Solid Waste Management Across NC

While most fixated their attention to the controversial provisions added to House Bill 56: Amend Environmental Laws, one provision critical to North Carolina’s competitiveness slipped under the radar. House Bill 56’s solid waste management provision may have been omitted from much of the public discourse on the bill, but it is one that should capture our attention. The provision changes…

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Latest Environmental Report Moves the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Forward

After a rigorous three-year review process, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently released its Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, giving the project a favorable review. After an exhaustive review of more than 150,000 pages of regulatory filings and more than 75,000 public comments, this report addresses all environmental and safety concerns and demonstrates the unprecedented…

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Advancing an “All-of-the-Above” Energy Strategy in NC

North Carolina is growing by the day, making it more important now than ever before that our state has a comprehensive, environmentally responsible strategy in place to ensure every corner of the state has access to efficient and affordable energy. Employing a forward-thinking, “all-of-the-above” energy strategy will diversify available energy sources and make it possible to power our competitive economy…

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NC Needs the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

As North Carolina continues growing, so too does the state’s energy needs. In order to power our competitive economy in the coming decades, North Carolina must have the necessary infrastructure in place to produce efficient, low-cost energy. Unfortunately, North Carolina’s lack of natural gas pipelines has proven to impede competitiveness as industries overlooked the state due to an inadequate supply…

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Ensuring Prosperity in NC

North Carolina is set to become the seventh most populous state in the country in the coming years, adding another two million residents by 2030. As we prepare for this level of growth, securing a prosperous economic future for every community across North Carolina is of the utmost importance. While rapidly changing technology has shifted the employment landscape and economic…

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Harmful Workers’ Compensation Ruling Hurts Injured and Employers

A recent workers’ compensation ruling from the North Carolina Supreme Court will be detrimental to injured employees and employers across the state. In Wilkes v. City of Greenville, the state Supreme Court expanded liability in workers’ compensation claims, forcing the burden of proof on employers to show medical conditions not connected to a compensable injury are in fact not related.…

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Fighting to Protect Rural Coastal Communities as Fisheries Struggle

North Carolina’s coastal fisheries are on the decline and the evidence is clear – commercial and recreational fisherman are hooking fewer fish than in previous years. Specifically, commercial fisherman caught 9% less in 2016 compared to 2015, while anglers witnessed an 18% decrease in 2016 from the previous year. That decline is detrimental to our rural coastal communities whose competitive…

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Reforms to Update Costly 40 Year Old Law Advance

Efforts to reform a costly 40 year-old-law advanced yesterday, as House Bill 589: Competitive Energy Solutions for NC was passed out of two House committees and placed on the calendar for a vote. This legislative action is significant to North Carolina’s energy infrastructure, as the outdated Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) could ultimately cost North Carolina consumers…

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Protecting NC’s Declining Coastal Fisheries

North Carolina’s economic prosperity is directly affected by the health of the state’s coastal economy. Maximizing the growth opportunities for North Carolina’s non-urban coastal communities must remain a top priority. This is especially true as the state’s fishing economy continues to decline. Revenue from both commercial and recreational fishing is down due to depleted resources – a clear indication that…

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