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Air Legislation Reports

Clean Air Legislation

Clean Smokestacks Act: In June 2002, the N.C. General Assembly enacted the Clean Smokestacks Bill, officially titled the Air Quality/Electric Utilities Bill (SB 1078), which requires significant actual emissions reductions from coal-fired power plants in North Carolina. Under the act, power plants must reduce their nitrogen oxide emissions by 77% in 2009 and sulfur dioxide emissions by 73% in 2013.