Leading Causes of Air Pollution in NC


Fossil fuels are commonly burned in power plants and manufacturing facilities across North Carolina. These fuel sources emit heavy amounts of air pollutants. Research proves these toxins are in the air our communities breathe every day.


North Carolina is one of the fastest-growing states in the country, attracting new families every day. This growing population adds more vehicles to our roads. Cars and trucks are among the largest contributors to particle and ozone pollution in our state.


With more people living here, it’s increased the need to build more houses, roads, schools, and other structures. Most construction vehicles and equipment emit diesel exhaust, a highly toxic air pollutant.  While the EPA has adopted new standards to reduce emissions from construction equipment, thousands of pieces of old equipment are still operating throughout North Carolina.

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