Environment
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Sea turtle nest count drops in North Carolina
Submitted by StarNewsOnline.com on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 6:59pm.

videoThe number of sea turtle nests along the North Carolina coast has dropped sharply after four years of increases. The StarNews reports that the number of turtle nests fell 58 percent this year, compared with 2013. Matthew Godfrey with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said the numbers this year are about 30 percent below average.

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Complaint says NC hog farms hurt minorities
Submitted by Makenzi Henderson on Fri, 09/05/2014 - 6:20pm.

A complaint filed with the federal government says North Carolina's regulation of hog farms causes problems for minority residents. The Charlotte Observer reported that three groups filed a complaint this week with the Environmental Protection Agency saying those living near hog farms suffer from strong odors and contaminated water.

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NC moves to fine Duke over coal ash pollution near Wilmington
Submitted by Chris Brown on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:20pm.

videoDuke Energy is feeling the heat from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The agency sent a letter to Duke today saying the company must start addressing groundwater contamination issues from the Sutton steam plant.

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Leland to cut down 200 oak trees in Magnolia Greens
Submitted by Sara Hopkins on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 5:04pm.

videoSoon, Magnolia Greens won't be as green as it is now. The golf community currently has about 600 trees lining the roadway, but the town plans on cutting down about 200 of them. Leland town manager David Hollis says cutting them down wasn't the town's idea.

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NC troopers to add security to fracking hearing
Submitted by Makenzi Henderson on Fri, 08/22/2014 - 6:30pm.

State officials say the N.C. Highway Patrol is stepping in to provide security so a public meeting on fracking can be held in Sanford. State Department of Environment and Natural Resources spokesman Jamie Kritzer says troopers will handle security Friday along with State Capitol Police officers.

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Environmentalists don't want to lose special use permits to New Hanover development
Submitted by Hannah Patrick on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:10pm.

video Environmentalists say New Hanover County should be able to improve economically without jeopardizing quality of life. The recent Garner Report recommended the county should get rid of a permit process aimed at protecting air quality. Now the City of Wilmington and the County are coming together to discuss what to do.

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NC legislators approve regulating toxic coal ash
Submitted by Makenzi Henderson on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 8:22pm.

North Carolina lawmakers have approved legislation they say makes the state the nation's first to address decades of toxic water pollution from residue left behind by coal-burning electricity plants.

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Public can comment on proposed rules for fracking at series of hearings
Submitted by Allyson Lorick on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 7:38am.

The public is invited to a meeting with North Carolina officials to comment on proposed rules for the oil and gas drilling method known as fracking.

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NC lawmakers reach compromise on coal ash measure
Submitted by Makenzi Henderson on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:59pm.

State House and Senate leaders say lawmakers have reached a compromise on legislation that would make Duke Energy curb pollution from its 33 coal ash dumps across North Carolina.

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Annual regulatory changes OK'd by NC legislature
Submitted by WWAY on Fri, 08/15/2014 - 9:39pm.

The annual Republican list of changes to North Carolina regulations for business and the environment is headed to Gov. Pat McCrory for his approval.

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