Clean air and water are a critical part of North Carolina’s quality of life and a source of our economic strength. The Attorney General plays an important role in protecting the public’s interest in these natural resources.

As Attorney General, Josh has ensured that companies in North Carolina meet our state’s environmental regulations. When companies have polluted our precious natural resources, Josh has not hesitated to take them to court. For example, the NCDOJ came to a historic agreement with Duke Energy in January 2020 resulting in the excavation of nearly 80 million tons of coal ash in North Carolina. 

Josh has awarded more than $3.5 million in Environmental Enhancement Grants to 27 grantees across the state of North Carolina. These grants will help to improve and protect North Carolina’s natural resources through projects such as wetland restoration, land acquisition, storm-water remediation, stream stabilization, and buffer installations. 

And when the federal government has rolled back vital environmental protections, Josh has fought to preserve these important safeguards for North Carolina’s natural resources.

In the General Assembly, Josh was a champion of clean air and clean water, and fought for clean energy policies that help protect these precious natural resources. For instance, Josh fought for legislation to expand the renewable energy tax credit, protect and clean up Jordan Lake and Falls Lake, and expand public transportation. For his work as a senator, Josh earned the “Legislator of the Year” award from the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, the “Environmental Champion” and “Green Tie” awards from the Sierra Club and the Conservation Council of North Carolina, the “Legislative Leadership Award” from WakeUP Wake County, and the“Legislator of the Year” from the Metro Mayors Association.