Environmentally Speaking

State environmental officials visited Harnett County this week to tour a temporary storm debris site that was opened to help local residents clean up after Hurricane Matthew. Under the direction of Governor Pat McCrory, the state environmental department has activated more than 60 temporary debris sites for use in eastern North Carolina to collect yard waste, land clearing or demolition debris from the storm.

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The McCrory administration has awarded $201,032 in grants for projects aimed at reducing air pollution from mobile sources.  Mobile sources are any type of vehicle that can pollute the air, including automobiles, trucks, buses, locomotives, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, construction equipment and lawnmowers.  The grants can cover a range of projects, such as retrofitting school buses with controls to curb diesel emissions, repowering non-road equipment with cleaner-burning engines, and converting vehicles to run on alternative fuels such as compressed natural gas.

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The McCrory administration issued the state’s largest-ever penalty for environmental damages in 2015 – fining Duke Energy $25.1 million for coal ash contamination – yet when it tried to enforce the fine it learned that policy decisions made by previous administrations made that impossible.

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Read the Roanoke-Chowan News Herald to learn about DEQ Secretary Donald van der Vaart’s recent visit to Nucor during Governor McCrory’s Manufacturing Week: http://www.roanoke-chowannewsherald.com/2016/10/20/deq-leader-tours-nucor/ Chief Deputy Secretary John Evans, second from left, and Secretary Donald van der Vaart, center, tour the facility with members of Nucor's team.

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DEQ Chief Deputy Secretary John Evans tells us about the measures taken by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to address concerns about the sustainability of the Southern Flounder fishery. Click here to read his opinion piece in the Carteret County News-Times: http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/opinions/columns/article_9...

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Without strong leadership, few organizations are successful. This rule certainly holds true for NC state and local government organizations. For the past sixteen months, select managers from across North Carolina state and local government organizations have worked to improve their skills and become better leaders through participation in the Certified Public Manager® Program (CPM). Dena Wilkins graduated as a Certified Public Manager® on October 3rd at 2 p.m. at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, NC. 

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RALEIGH – State environmental officials have issued key permits that allow Duke Energy to safely dispose of coal ash at its L.V. Sutton Energy Complex in Wilmington.   The state solid waste permit and isolated wetland permit issued last week give Duke Energy approval to start building a double-lined, industrial landfill at the Sutton facility. The on-site industrial landfill will be used to safely dispose of coal ash now stored in unlined ponds and other wastes generated at the Sutton facility.  

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