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Upcoming Events

Chatham County Board of Commissioners Meeting: Monday, July 17th at 6:00pm. Pittsboro Historic Court House. A public hearing will be held on extending the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing by one year. Chatham residents may also comment on the proposal by emailing

ACP Public Hearings on Water /Wetland 401 Permits (sign up begins 5:00 pm):
July 18: Fayetteville, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Cumberland Hall Auditorium, 2201 Hull Rd.

July 20: Rocky Mount, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Nash Community College, Brown Auditorium, 522 N. Old Carriage Rd.

Clean Water Act at 40: Unfulfilled Promises?

Happy 40th Anniversary, Clean Water Act! Yours for 40 more years of renewed enforcement and justice, Belinda, Hope, Maribel, and Katie

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Clean Water Act. The Clean Water Act is the most important single federal law for protection of surface waters, setting up national thresholds which the Environmental Protection Agency could enforce, though most rulemaking and permitting is delegated to state agencies. Its creators . . . → Read More: Clean Water Act at 40: Unfulfilled Promises?

A Frackless NC Holiday to You

‘Twas the holiday season, and all through the state People gathered with loved ones for t’ celebrate. Their stockings were hung by the chimney with care Hoping St. Nick would bring clean water and air!

The year had been rough, lots of bad bills had passed Leaving us fearing we’d be “natural gassed.” But the “fractivists” fought it, the movement took root, Giving NC the chance to give fracking the boot….

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Reflections on environmental health and justice from an expectant mother

by Rachel Lang-Balde As I await the birth of my second child, I’m considering the implications of environmental health and justice on my family, my community and our state. Environmental health and justice affect all parents – and come into play in multiple ways throughout pregnancy, the birthing process, parenthood and child development.

As a public health graduate student, my focus was on maternal health and nutrition. Environmental health was a factor in studies of . . . → Read More: Reflections on environmental health and justice from an expectant mother