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PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2018 


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Public News Service - NC: Toxics

Methyl bromide reduces the spread of invasive pests when logs are exported, but it comes at a cost to the health of residents and the ozone layer. (Anna L Martin/Flickr)

DELCO, N.C. – A public outcry has resulted in a potential shift in state regulation of a chemical that many scientists say is a danger to public health and the ozone layer. Methyl bromide is used in logging operations in North Carolina to fumigate wood before it's exported. Few citizens in t

While it is unregulated by the EPA, there are concerns about human exposure to the chemical GenX and the fact it does not break down in the environment. (Vinoth Chandar/Flickr)

WILMINGTON, N.C. – This week, North Carolina lawmakers consider identical bills in House and Senate that would change the way the Department of Environmental Quality takes action on pollutants. Instead of its current model of enforcement, the governor would have to issue an administrative or

GenX is one chemical used in the past to manufacture the nonstick surface of Teflon. It is found in numerous products, including nonstick pans. (Thomas/flickr)

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The wheels of government are turning slowly for residents who count on the Cape Fear watershed for their drinking supply. This week, the General Assembly was unable to pass legislation that would have funded additional testing for GenX in the water supply. The chemical ha

Many pieces of construction equipment and vehicles produce high emissions, but starting in January, two hospital systems in Charlotte will implement policies to limit their pollution. (Mahmoud Hashemi/flickr)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two major hospital systems in the state are taking steps to make sure their communities and patients breathe easier on their campuses. Beginning January 1, Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health will require any construction equipment on site to use the lowest exhaust-emi

The state is asking additional questions about a proposed natural gas pipeline that Duke Energy and Dominion Energy want to run through Virginia and North Carolina. (keifer.miller/flickr)

Correction: Resending to correct reach of pipeline. RALEIGH, N.C. -- A pipeline that would carry natural gas across North Carolina and Virginia faces another delay in the Tar Heel State, as Department of Environmental Quality officials ask another round of questions about the risks and benefits of

The waste created by coal-burning power plants, coal ash contains heavy metals and other toxic compounds. (Facing South)

PITTSBORO, N.C. – Duke Energy continues to look for a home for the millions of tons of coal ash generated by its coal-fired power plants, and part of their solution lies in abandoned slate and clay mines that dot the state map. On Monday, concerned citizens from Chatham and Lee Counties appe

The CTS building was torn down in 2012, but chemical cleanup remains incomplete. (POWER Action Group)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The cleanup of an Asheville Superfund site is making progress, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a report released Wednesday, but there is more work to be done. The report indicates delays in the clean up may have left residents with prolonged exposure to a cancer

North Carolinians generate thousands of pounds of electronics waste every year, and up until now a state program has facilitated the recycling of that material. (Morguefile.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina companies and individuals for six years have participated in a program to recycle unwanted electronics to comply with a ban on electronics in landfills. On Tuesday, legislation that would reverse those efforts was scheduled for a vote in the state Senate but was remov

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