Attorney General Roy Cooper is working to make the air you breathe cleaner.
Cooper is a strong supporter of North Carolina’s Clean Smokestacks Act, which requires coal-fired power plants in our state to cut harmful emissions. The law is expected to lead to fewer cases of lung disease and asthma, less smog and acid rain, and lower mercury levels in our lakes and rivers.
Stopping Out-of-State Pollution
Because air pollution doesn’t respect state lines, Cooper is pushing other states to clean up the dirty air they send to North Carolina. He’s asked the federal government to force power plants in 13 other states that contribute dirty air to North Carolina to clean up.
Cleaning up TVA Plants
He also asked the courts to make the Tennessee Valley Authority follow the law and clean up dirty air from its plants that makes people in North Carolina sick. Cooper argued and a federal judge agreed that pollution from TVA plants harms North Carolinians' health, economy and natural resources.
Under a landmark clean air settlement approved by the court, the TVA is required to reduce emissions by retiring at least 18 of its 59 coal units and installing and continuously operating emission-control equipment on almost all of the remaining units. Four TVA plants that are closest to North Carolina will be among the first to be cleaned up or shut down. The TVA will also pay $11.2 million to North Carolina over the next five years for programs to encourage energy efficiency and reduce demand for electricity.