• Restore adequate funding to the NCDEQ so they can protect NC residents and our ecosystems from pollution
  • Repeal the Harrison Amendment, SB 480, and other legislation that blocks DEQ from regulating hazardous pollution.
  • Immediately address widespread GenX and PFAS contamination in our state
  • Require industrial livestock facilities to properly manage hazardous animal waste
  • Do not permit Duke Power Energy to foist coal ash cleanup costs on NC residents
  • Remove phony constraints on renewable power in our state–including wind power
  • Craft legislation that supports Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 80 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in North Carolina and address climate change

This year in North Carolina, we have seen some successes on the environmental and energy front, including:

  • Victorious citizen lawsuits against hog waste lagoons,
  • A new statewide testing process for GenX, and
  • A state greenhouse gas reduction plan (Executive Order 80).

These successes all result from informed and organized citizen action. By engaging with their representatives, campaigning for pro-environment candidates, and filing legal cases, NC citizens took action this year to protect their health and environment. This is always encouraging. But we continue to face massive obstacles in advancing sensible safeguards.

At the heart of our environmental concerns we see the same structural problems that plague the entirety of our government and society. That is, the pervasive, outsized and inappropriate role that special interest money plays in our democracy. As we review specific environmental concerns this week, we will examine more closely how our current system allows corruption–how it almost requires it to get and stay elected–and how that blocks progress on issues we all care about.