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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

    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…
  • Press Release

    Ozone Pollution Low Despite High Temperatures

    posted August 17, 2005
    RALEIGH – Despite record high temperatures, North Carolina’s major metropolitan areas are experiencing a third straight year of low ozone pollution, according to a new analysis published by the John…
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    Lung Association Chokes: Another Year of Misleading North Carolinians

    posted June 9, 2005 by Joel Schwartz
    Once again, the American Lung Association's annual “State of the Air” report misleads the public by exaggerating the data and issuing “grades” meant more to scare than to inform. The ALA claims up to 900 percent more high-ozone days than actually occurred and gives F grades to counties that are having no problem meeting EPA guidelines.
  • Press Release

    Caution Needed on “State of the Air”

    posted April 27, 2005
    RALEIGH — With the American Lung Association’s latest national rankings on air quality due out today, John Locke Foundation analysts urge caution in interpreting the association’s “biased” data. “There is…
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    Clearing the Air in North Carolina: Pollution Myths and Realities

    posted August 30, 2004 by Joel Schwartz
    Just as North Carolina was on the verge of full compliance with EPA’s original ozone air pollution requirements, the standards were changed. In April 2004, most of the state once again was out of compliance. Policymakers and business leaders worry whether the state can meet the new federal requirements and avoid imposed limits on economic development and loss of federal transportation funds.
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    New Report Gets NC Air Quality Wrong

    posted August 18, 2003
    RALEIGH — A new report by the Surface Transportation Policy Project is garnering attention from policymakers and the news media despite the fact that it “clearly misleads the public” said…
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    “State of the Air” Ranking for NC Worthless

    posted April 29, 2003
    RALEIGH — As the American Lung Association prepares to release its annual State of the Air report, including county rankings that often receive significant media attention, a new study from…

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