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Groups are petitioning the state to remove the "swamp waters" classification from 15 miles of the lower Cape Fear River flowing past Wilmington.
President Donald Trump and Democrats are trading blame for the partial government shutdown but doing little substantive talking with each other, as the disruption in federal services and public employees' pay slogs into another weekend.
North Carolina's top environmental official hopes one of the country's largest chemical companies will change how it operates now that it has been hit with the largest penalty a polluter has had to pay the state.
The EPA says it has an updated and validated way to test for four additional PFAS compounds, including GenX, in drinking water.
Water samples collected Wednesday showed elevated bacteria levels that exceed state and EPA standards at these beaches.
State recreational water quality officials announced today that bacteria levels at swimming sites in Bald Head Island meet state and Environmental Protection Agency standards for swimming and other contact with the water.
The former site of a chemical company in New Hanover County is one of 22 properties no longer on the the federal Superfund's National Priorities List.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has dropped 26 counties from North Carolina's requirement for vehicle emissions inspections.
On Tuesday, EPA approved emergency fuel waiver requests on behalf of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ahead of Hurricane Florence.