• Research Report

    Second-Best Ozone Season in a Decade: NC’s 2010 ozone season comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb

    posted November 21, 2010 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    In 2010, North Carolina recorded the second-lowest number of high-ozone days of the last decade. Statewide, a total of 106 high ozone monitor readings were recorded over 26 days from April 1 to October 31, with 32 of those readings occurring on just eight monitors in two metropolitan areas. Despite what might be the popular belief, smog levels in North Carolina have been getting better, not worse.
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    The Clean Smokestacks Bill: A Retrospective

    posted March 4, 2010 by Kamen Nikolaev, Dr. Roy Cordato
    In 2002 the State of North Carolina passed what was officially titled “Improve Air Quality/Electric Utilities,” which became better known as the Clean Smokestacks Bill (CSB). When the CSB was passed in 2002, it was estimated to cost $2.3 billion.
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    A Decade of Data on Smog: Just the facts

    posted September 1, 2009 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    In 2008 the EPA dramatically tightened its standards for defining a high ozone day. Even under EPA’s more stringent new standard, North Carolina — both as a whole and within its major regions — has experienced significant reductions in the number of high ozone days.
  • Press Release

    N.C. Air Quality Worth Celebrating

    posted April 22, 2007
    RALEIGH – North Carolina’s air quality deserves praise, not the scare tactics some environmental groups offer on Earth Day. That’s the key finding in a new John Locke Foundation…
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    Happy Earth Day: North Carolina’s Air is Worth Celebrating

    posted April 22, 2007 by Daren Bakst
    North Carolina’s air quality is worth celebrating. Despite scare tactics from environmental advocates, N.C.’s air is cleaner than ever and only getting better. The EPA monitors six common air pollutants. It is clear that across the board, N.C.’s air is doing extremely well in relation to all of these pollutants.
  • Press Release

    Triangle suffers no summer ozone woes

    posted August 30, 2006
    RALEIGH – Air in the Research Triangle has been almost completely free from harmful impacts of ozone this summer. That’s according to a new analysis of state data from the…
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    The Health Effects of Air Pollution: Separating Science and Propaganda

    posted May 2, 2006 by Joel Schwartz
    Air pollutants of all kinds in North Carolina and the United States are at their lowest levels since measurements began back in the 1970s. The weight of the evidence suggests that these low levels of air pollution are at worst a minor health concern.

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