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    News Briefs

    • Cooper Urges Quick EPA Assessment of GenX

      Gov. Roy Cooper, in a letter dated Monday, urged Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to speed up assessment of the chemical GenX found in the area’s drinking water supply and set standards for it.

    • NC Gets Grant to Enforce Water System Rules

      The Environmental Protection Agency awarded on Monday more than $3 million to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to support implementation and enforcement of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

    • ‘Living At The Water’s Edge’ signing July 22

      Carteret County authors, Barbara Garrity-Blake and Karen Willis Amspacher are set to sign copies of their book, “Living at the Water’s Edge: A Heritage Guide to the Outer Banks Byway,” July 22 in Morehead City.

    • Navassa Residents Asked to Complete Survey

      Anyone who lives in Navassa, works or owns a business or other property in town is asked to participate in an online survey by Aug. 7 to help define the community’s vision for possible redevelopment of the contaminated Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. site.

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    News Waves

    • News & Features

      • Cooper Vows to Lead Offshore Drilling Fight

        Gov. Roy Cooper, during an appearance Thursday at Fort Macon State Park, said the state’s environment and “robust coastal economy” are not worth the risks from offshore oil drilling and exploration.

      • New Faces Join State Environmental Boards

        Several new appointees began work recently on key environmental policy boards including the Environmental Management Commission, Coastal Resources Commission and Clean Water Management Trust Fund.

    • Science

      • Summer Recipe: How to Make An Algal Bloom

        Not all algal blooms are considered harmful, but the right mix of warmth and nutrients can yield a funky blue-green slime that is potentially toxic to humans, their pets and marine life.

    • Our Coast

      • Documentary to Focus on The Hammocks

        The nonprofit Friends of The Hammocks and Bear Island and UNC-TV are teaming up to produce a documentary on the history of the area near Swansboro and seeking help from those who remember.

    • Commentary

    • Featured Photo

      • Storms Spawn Twisters

        Severe weather produced water spouts and a tornado Monday morning on the Outer Banks, as shown in this photo made near Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head. Photo: Jennifer Miller

    • Featured Video

      • Identifying Rip Currents

        Scientists from the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute and Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue use fluorescein dye to track rip currents within the surf zone as illustrated in this short video from 2015. The video does not have sound.