Category Archives: Environment

After FERC Approval of Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Anti-Growth Groups Target Manufacturing

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is one step closer to providing the reliable delivery of low-cost natural gas supplies to portions of eastern North Carolina after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. As Lynn Good, Duke Energy’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, described, “FERC’s approval is…

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Key Regulatory Reforms Advance After Veto Overrides

Cultivating a regulatory climate that supports a healthy environment and allows businesses to grow at the pace of the modern global economy is necessary to secure North Carolina’s prosperous future. Thankfully, the General Assembly took action to override the vetoes of House Bill 56: Amend Environmental Laws and Senate Bill 16: Business Regulatory Reform Act of 2017 last week –…

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Why Overriding HB 56 Veto Matters to Your Business

Why does overriding the veto of House Bill 56: Amend Environmental Laws matter to your business? The bill includes an important provision that affects every North Carolina business’ bottom line – including yours. Be it through taxes or fees for service, waste disposal is a necessary cost for business and one that can be significant. By initiating the orderly phase…

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Fact vs. Fiction: Why Legislators Should Override HB 56 Veto

Opponents of the flow control provision included in House Bill 56: Amend Environmental Laws would love to hide the fact that flow control creates a hidden tax, hinders competition and gives local governments an unfair advantage when competing with the private sector. While detractors continue to peddle mistruths about flow control, I wanted to break down the facts. Fact: Local…

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General Assembly Must Override HB 56 Veto

Chances are you’ve heard about House Bill 56: Amend Environmental Laws and some of its politicized provisions, especially following the veto of the legislation last week. While most associate the bill with one controversial provision, there is another that has largely gone ignored and is critical to securing North Carolina’s competitive future. This important measure changes flow control restrictions for…

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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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