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.

In recent years, the Attorney General has reached settlements with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to improve the quality of the air we breathe and with Smithfield Foods to improve the quality of the water we drink.

In the General Assembly, Josh Stein has been a champion of clean air and clean water, and he has fought for clean energy policies that help protect these precious natural resources.

The first bill Josh introduced after being sworn in as a State Senator in 2009 was an extension and expansion of the renewable energy tax credit. This legislation has helped create jobs and grow the clean tech sector that is so important to North Carolina’s economy and our environment.

Stein fought for legislation to protect and clean up Jordan Lake and wrote the law to clean up Falls Lake – both large sources of drinking water for hundreds of thousands of North Carolina families.

Additionally, he supported the Congestion Relief and Intermodal Act to expand public transportation and fought to honor the contract between the state and the city of Raleigh to create a destination park on the Dorothea Dix property.

  • The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association named Josh its “Legislator of the Year” for his efforts to strengthen the clean tech sector.
  • The Sierra Club and the Conservation Council of North Carolina presented him with their “Environmental Champion” and “Green Tie” awards.
  • WakeUP Wake County recognized Josh’s efforts to clean up Falls Lake with its “Legislative Leadership Award”.
  • The Metro Mayors Association named Josh its “Legislator of the Year” for his efforts to promote public transportation.