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Hog farm ordered to pay for wetlands preservation

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A Columbus County hog farm operator has been ordered to pay $1.5 million in fines and restitution for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. Full story...
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NC mercury air emissions down in coal plants

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A state study shows that mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants in North Carolina have gone down 70 percent in the last decade. Full story...
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Expert: Heat beating city's efforts to oxygenate Greenfield Lake

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video Folks trying to enjoy a day at the lake got a nasty surprise. Turns out this heat isn't just making us sweat, it's killing dozens of fish in Greenfield Lake. Full story...
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New research shows no Marcellus Shale pollution

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New research on Marcellus Shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania may only add to the debate over whether the industry poses long-term threats to drinking water. Full story...
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Rep. Susi Hamilton issues statement on fracking vote

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Rep. Susi Hamilton has issued a statement, clarifying why she voted to override Governor Perdue's veto on fracking. Full story...
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Hamilton defends vote against fracking veto

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video A state representative from Wilmington is defending her vote that helped override Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of a bill on fracking. The vote is also earning Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-18th District) a lot of criticism. Full story...
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NC legislature bans sea level science

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North Carolina legislators have approved a four-year ban on using a state-sponsored science panel's predictions on the rate of sea level rise in dealing with coastal development issues. Full story...
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Environmental group rescinds Hamilton award after fracking flip flop

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The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV) announced today it is rescinding its "Rising Star" award given to Rep. Susi Hamilton on June 20. Full story...
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NC Senators postpone consideration climate change bill

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North Carolina Senators have decided to postpone consideration of a state-sponsored science panel's warning of rising sea levels until July 2016, calling instead for more studies. Full story...
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Leland business, owner charged with illegally disposing contaminated oil

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A Federal Grand Jury has returned a 19-Count Criminal Indictment charging a Leland man and his business with offenses surrounding the unlawful transportation, storage and disposal of used oil contaminated with PCBs in violation of the Toxic Substances Control Act. Full story...
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International Surfing Day celebrates oceans, beaches

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videoSurfers from around the globe came together to celebrate International Surfing Day Wednesday. In Wrightsville Beach, the Surf Rider Foundation teamed up with Stop Titan to give free surf lessons and organize a beach clean up. Full story...
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NC Senate approves sea level calculation bill

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The North Carolina Senate has approved a bill that ignores scientists' warnings of rising sea levels. Senators approved the bill on a 34-to-11 vote Tuesday. The measure received little fanfare and no senators spoke in opposition to the measure. Full story...
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New Hanover Co. hires new environmental management director

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New Hanover County has hired a new Environmental Management Director. Joe Suleyman will have to hit the ground running, as County Commissioners gave the go-ahead this week for staff to negotiate a contract with Covanta Energy to restart the old WASTEC incinerator. Full story...
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NC Senate panel OKs framework to regulate fracking

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A Senate committee has recommended a framework which the state of North Carolina should follow while legalizing a controversial form of natural gas drilling. Full story...
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NC lawmakers promise more fracking protections

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North Carolina lawmakers are adding new protections for neighbors and landowners in a proposed law to legalize a form of underground gas drilling. Full story...
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