Public Health

  • EPA Denies Petition to Address PFAS

    The Environmental Protection Agency denied a petition from six eastern N.C. community groups to require Chemours Co. to test 54 PFAS produced at its Fayetteville Works facility.

  • Decision Ends Chapter In Hog Farm Disputes

    Smithfield Foods has resolved more than a dozen nuisance cases filed by eastern North Carolina residents since a court ruling in favor of the neighbors of a former Bladen County hog farm was upheld last month.

  • PFAS Levels Still High Despite Emission Cuts

    Levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in drinking water from the Cape Fear River are as high as they were before the state and Chemours entered into a consent order in February 2019.

  • GenX Study Shows Harm to Mice, Offspring

    Studies discussed Monday during the North Carolina Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board meeting compared the toxicity of GenX and related compounds in pregnant mice and their embryos.

  • State Seeks Input on Chemours’ Next Steps

    The state is taking comments until Sept. 17 on the latest steps to prevent GenX and other PFAS pollution from entering the Cape Fear River through contaminated groundwater from the Chemours’ Fayetteville Works Site.

  • A Changed Season On the Outer Banks

    With vacation season in apparent full swing on the Outer Banks amid the pandemic, shops, restaurants and tourism sites are busy but business is different.

  • New Hanover Regional Panel Weighs Options

    Three hospital systems vying to partner with New Hanover Regional Medical Center presented their proposals to a committee last week, with options ranging from an outright sale to a long-term lease.

  • How To Stay Healthy At Beach This Weekend

    Records crowds are expected at North Carolina beaches this holiday weekend, and health experts offer suggestions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus for those ready to put their toes in the sand.

  • Amid Hardship, Lockdown Curbs Energy Use

    Coastal electric cooperatives have taken measures to help members keep their lights on during the stay-at-home order, which researchers say has reduced emissions and improved air quality.