News & Features

  • Cooper Signs Shellfish Aquaculture Bill

    The governor has signed recently passed bill to dramatically overhaul North Carolina’s shellfish leasing program creates new shellfish enterprise areas and establishes three large-scale leases in Pamlico Sound.

  • Reworked Bill to Limit Wind Energy Advances

    A version of a bill to restrict where wind energy development may happen in North Carolina that had stalled earlier this session passed the Senate this week but may undergo another revision.

  • Confrontation Stirs Beach Access Debate

    A confrontation between a Duck resident and two homeowners at a beach access May 29, which was posted on social media, ended with an arrested for trespassing and sparked discussions about public access to the beach.

  • Retooled Shellfish Leasing Bill Advances

    Legislation authorizing expanded shellfish leasing in state waters advanced this week in the N.C. General Assembly, giving hope for success after a similar bill failed last year.

  • Five Research Teams Seek Answers on PFAS

    Scientists from seven North Carolina universities who make up the PFAST Network Research Initiative are working in teams to study per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and their effects on human health and the environment.

  • Samples Suggest Unreported Coal Ash Spills

    Contamination levels from coal ash in Lake Sutton’s sediment indicate a long-term process of unreported, unmonitored spills, according to findings of a Duke University study announced Monday.

  • Federation Shows Off Restoration Project

    North Carolina Coastal Federation staff hosted reporters and others Thursday for a tour of the nearly completed restoration at the North River Wetlands Preserve in Carteret County.

  • Senate Lowers Bottom Line on PFAS Funding

    A big difference in the Senate’s version of the state budget and the House’s and governor’s proposals is how it addresses emerging contaminants such as polyfluoroalkyl substances.

  • Senate Budget Puts Tighter Hold on DEQ

    The Senate released Tuesday its $24 billion, two-year spending plan, with big differences from the House and Cooper budgets that include environmental programs and DEQ funding.