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.

  • GenX: Focus Shifts to Environmental Justice

    Speakers at an event Wednesday on the GenX chemical recently detected in the area’s drinking water supply said more needs to be done to inform minority and under-served residents.

  • Legislature Pauses, Environmental Bills Wait

    While solar industry changes and a wind project moratorium passed, bills with coastal stormwater changes, the creation of a new fund to pay for beach re-nourishment, new dredging plans and repeal of the plastic bag ban on the Outer Banks remain on the table.

  • GenX Unknowns Frustrate Folks at Forum

    Wilmington-area residents who attended the recent forum on GenX contamination in the public water supply wanted to know about safety, but answers may be years away.

  • Stewards Aim to Protect Beach-Nesting Birds

    The Emerald Isle Waterbird Stewards Program, under the supervision of the Wildlife Resources Commission, is working to protect beach-nesting least terns and Wilson’s plovers, both of special concern in North Carolina.

  • Butler Raises GenX Issue During Budget Talks

    New Hanover County’s Rep. Deb Butler pointed to concern about the GenX compound in the Wilmington area’s drinking water supply and DEQ permitting backlogs in a plea to spare the agency from cuts in the budget passed Thursday.

  • Navassa Residents Demand Health Answers

    Folks living near the site of a former wood-treatment operation in Navassa in Brunswick County say their questions about its health risks have gone unanswered for too long.

  • Can Hemp Take Root As Coastal Cash Crop?

    Northeastern N.C. farmer Fen Rascoe is one of a few dozen in the state licensed to grow hemp, a once-important cash crop now legal again for the first time in decades.

  • Park Improvements Target Runoff Reduction

    Tools for slowing the flow of polluting stormwater runoff were the focus of a recent event at the Cedar Point Recreation Area, part of a collaborative effort to restore water quality in the White Oak River.