Public Health

  • PFAS Found in Biodegradable Food Packaging

    Biodegradable paper plates and food packaging may seem environmentally friendly, but recent studies have found per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in compost that includes food containers.

  • NC Not Getting Federal Grant to Study PFAS

    North Carolina is not among seven states that will be awarded federal grant funding to conduct health studies on people in specific communities who have been drinking water contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS.

  • ‘Forever Chemicals’ Execs Under Fire

    For the first time, executives from Chemours, DuPont and 3M were called before a U.S. House environmental oversight committee to discuss their accountability in PFAS contamination plaguing North Carolina and the country.

  • Study Examines PFAS Data From 3 States

    A three-year study is underway to better understand the extent of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances contamination in North Carolina, Colorado and Michigan and its effects on residents.

  • 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.

  • Creative Caregivers Lend Help After Storms

    People in Wilmington and other coastal North Carolina communities are coping with lingering effects of recent hurricanes, with assists from community groups and visiting professionals.

  • Forum to Spotlight PFAS Scientists, Research

    Scientists monitoring pollutants known as per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances will be on hand to answer questions about the environmental and health risks during a free forum in May.

  • New Signs Warn of Lake’s Troubled Waters

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted new signs this week at Lake Mattamuskeet to warn the public about the harmful algal blooms, another problem associated with the lake’s deteriorating water quality.