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Air Quality

Forecasters predict poor air conditions across NC

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State officials say it will be an unpleasant weekend to be outdoors across much of North Carolina during the weekend. Full story...
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Unhealthy air quality forecast in NC

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Much of North Carolina is on notice that the air quality is likely to be unhealthy. Full story...
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New Hanover Co. has some of the lowest ozone levels in the state

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New Hanover County residents can breathe a bit easier, with the recent announcement that the county’s ozone levels are some of the lowest in the state. That’s according to Tom Mather, spokesman for the North Carolina Division of Air Quality. Full story...
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Group rallies in opposition to Titan, air permit

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videoOver a hundred residents of New Hanover County gathered today to rally in opposition to Titan. The cement company took a significant step towards coming to Castle Hayne earlier this week when they were issued an air quality permit by the DAQ. Protestors say they are not happy with the permit and plan to end the momentum that Titan is building. Full story...
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Eastern North Carolina wildfires take toll on the public's health in coastal counties

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The NC Division of Public Health has been monitoring hospital visits for acute respiratory conditions in the Piedmont and Eastern regions of the state and has observed an increase in visits to hospital emergency departments in the following coastal counties for the week of June 18-24: Beaufort, Bertie, Carteret, Dare, New Hanover and Pender. Full story...
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Smoke from Dare Co. fire continues down coast

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Smoke from a Dare County wildfire fire is causing air quality problems for residents as far south as Brunswick County. Full story...
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Wildfire brings air quality alert to parts of NC

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An air quality advisory is in effect for northeastern North Carolina as smoke from a wildfire in Dare County continues drifting northward. Full story...
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Community speaks out on Wilmington air quality

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video The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources held a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss air quality in the Cape Fear. Since federal air quality standards were changed last June, parts of the region do not meet the new requirements. Full story...
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