Environment


Legalized medical marijuana in North Carolina has long seemed a distant possibility. That possibility appears to be getting closer at the NC state legislature. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
Medical Marijuana, Medicaid, and Poisoned Water: Three Proposed North Carolina Laws to Watch

On Monday, the state Senate passed a bill that will legalize cannabis for medical purposes. We have the roundup of this and other key NC bills.

Students at NC State University board buses near the Raleigh campus. (Image via Shutterstock.)
Get Ready for More Electric Buses and Public Transit Options in NC’s Small Towns 

Nearly $177 million is headed to North Carolina to buy energy-efficient buses, update transportation centers, and prop up rural public transportation systems. 

US Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina in 2011. New federal legislation aims to improve health care for service members exposed to contaminated drinking water at the military base, as well as soldiers exposed to toxic burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Shutterstock)
NC Service Members Sickened By Burn Pits, Contaminated Water May Finally Get Help

The US House passed a bipartisan bill improving healthcare for veterans exposed to toxins. Six North Carolina Republicans voted against it.

The EPA announced it would use federal infrastructure dollars to clean up toxic industrial sites that have gone years without being addressed.
Help Is on the Way for 4 NC Superfund Sites

The EPA will use federal Infrastructure funds to clean up four areas in the state contaminated by industrial pollutants. 

A new study from Duke University links tainted well water to teen delinquency. (Shutterstock)
What Does Lead-Tainted Water Have to Do With Teen Delinquency in NC? A Lot, New Study Finds.

The risk isn’t borne equally. Black children living below the poverty line are twice as likely to have elevated lead levels thanks to polluted wells. 

A massive wildfire has been burning at NC's Pilot Mountain since Saturday, torching hundreds of acres. (Photo by Richard Hill)
Pilot Mountain Is Burning. North Carolina, Climate Change Just Got Personal.

We can't be in denial any longer. Expect more blazes like this in North Carolina as the planet warms. 

This 2018 photo  shows the signage of the Fayetteville Works plant where the Delaware-based Chemours Company manufactures C3 dimer acid, also known as GenX. The chemical has entered the Cape Fear River, a source of drinking water for much of the southeastern part of North Carolina for an unknown time period. (Photo via AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Polluters of ‘Forever Chemicals’ No Longer Getting a Pass, EPA Head Pledges

Polluters of “Forever Chemicals” No Longer Getting a Pass, EPA Head Pledges