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In North Carolina, hog waste pollution a familiar result. Will things ever change?

As Hurricane Florence floods dozens of hog waste pits, many in the state are wondering when the broken factory farm system will be fixed

NEW BERN, NORTH CAROLINA —The full extent of Hurricane Florence's environmental damage isn't yet known in North Carolina, where waste from factory farms, coal ash, and other pollutants are contaminating floodwaters still on the rise after the largest East Coast deluge north of Florida in history.

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Hog waste-to-gas: Renewable energy or more hot air?

DURHAM, NC—On a school night in early spring, a rowdy collection of environmental activists, local residents, and Duke University faculty and students packed a public forum, railing against the school's plan to build a new $55-million gas plant on campus.

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A tour group at Loyd Ray Farms. (Credit: Elizabeth Ouzts)

Using biogas to clear the air near hog farms

YADKIN COUNTY, NC—A blanket of gray hangs over the hills, refracting the late July sun and sealing in a thick scent of gas and compost.

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North Carolina delays decision on Atlantic Coast pipeline.

Faced with a Monday deadline and a lopsided number of public comments opposing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration has delayed until mid-December its decision on whether to permit the controversial project.

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Q&A: North Carolina researchers confront health fears about solar.

As large-scale solar projects have proliferated across North Carolina, some critics have pushed back with a surprising critique: photovoltaic panels, while beloved by environmental advocates, are a danger to public health.

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‘Fingers crossed’ for strong turnout against offshore drilling at last-minute North Carolina hearings.

Starting tonight in Wilmington, Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration is hosting three public hearings this week on President Trump’s tentative plans to allow drilling off the North Carolina coast.

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In North Carolina, wind energy proponents already gearing up for next battle.

In signing wide-ranging solar legislation into law last week, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order to blunt the impact of the bill’s 18-month moratorium on wind power – tacked on amid controversy in the legislative session’s final hours.

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