Top elected officials in New Hanover and Brunswick counties have issued blistering criticisms of Chemours’ recent television ads touting the chemical company’s environmental record.
The groups say the Environmental Protection Agency refuses to hold Chemours accountable by requiring the company to pay for epidemiological studies in the Cape Fear region.
Attorney Jonathan Sharp writes that more needs to be done to address the health effects military veterans and their families have suffered as a result of exposure to toxic compounds during their service and time on installations such as Camp Lejeune.
Filmmaker Rain Bennett, who grew up on the Pamlico River and produced the history of environmental nonprofit Sound Rivers, says storytelling is a powerful way to stand up to polluters.
The meetings about projects related to the former Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp.’s creosote-based wood-treatment site are online only, and two times are offered to allow greater public participation.
Officials estimated that about 13,000 gallons of untreated wastewater reached an unnamed tributary of Persimmon Swamp in Calabash.
“Our coast is quite literally our lifeline. And it is being increasingly sabotaged by plastic. So why aren’t our businesses and policy-makers doing something about it? ” writes Oceana’s Randy Sturgill.
A recent study that showed fish favored by subsistence fishers along the Brunswick and Cape Fear rivers were found to have elevated levels of arsenic, hexavalent chromium and mercury has prompted a state health advisory.
Sound Rivers’ Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber and Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell recently spent five days paddling the Pamlico River and its estuaries with Miller the pup on a mission to document environmental conditions.
Wilmington officials have resolved to reduce plastic pollution and improve the city’s recycling program through outreach, education and support of businesses that minimize use of plastic straws and utensil.
Kemp Burdette of Cape Fear River Watch and Ann Colley of the Moore Charitable Foundation write that there’s an overlooked connection in our own backyards that funnels plastics toward major bodies of water and eventually the world’s oceans.
Volunteers who pick up litter along coastal NC roadways say plastic pollution is a growing part of the problem as the numbers of charges and convictions for littering dwindle.
NCDOT, which is hosting a Litter Sweep April 10-24, says it has collected more than 3 million pounds of litter from roadsides this year.
NCDOTs new Swat-A-Litterbug app allows users to report when they see other travelers toss trash from a vehicle.
NCDOT crews, contractors and volunteers have collected more than 2 million pounds of litter from roadsides since Jan. 1.
A recent study found that a 20% shift from consumption of small plastic bottles to larger plastic bottles could decrease U.S. plastic waste by 10,000 tons a year.