Nutrient Rules Readoption

Readoption of Nutrient Strategy Rules for the Neuse, Tar-Pamlico, and Randleman Lake

N.C. Gen. Stat. §150B-21.3A, adopted in 2013, requires state agencies to review existing rules every 10 years. The Department of Environmental Quality rules are located by subchapters in Title 15A of the NC Administrative Code. The Division of Water Resources Nutrient Strategy Rules for the Neuse, Tar-Pamlico, and Randleman Lake are located in Section .0200 of Subchapter 02B. The latest version of proposed revisions to the Nutrient Strategy Rules for the Neuse, Tar-Pamlico, and Randleman Lake can be downloaded here.

Currently, only the Neuse, Tar-Pamlico, and Randleman Nutrient Strategy Rules are going through the readoption process. In July 2016, the General Assembly passed Session Law 2016-94, which calls for an evaluation of the Falls and Jordan nutrient strategies and separates these rules from the rest of the periodic rules readoption process, setting later rulemaking timelines which to be initiated no later than March 15, 2019.

The Division has held three stakeholder meetings for input on the draft proposed rules revisions.

Stakeholder Meeting Dates

Next Steps

  • November 7, 2017: Information Update to Water Quality Committee of the Environmental Management Commission
  • January 2018: Request Permission to Initiate Formal Rulemaking & Begin Fiscal Note Development
  • July 2018: Draft Rules and Fiscal Note Presented to WQC
  • September 2018: Request Permission from EMC to Proceed to Public Comment / Public Hearings
  • Late 2018 – Early 2019: EMC Adoption of Rules / RRC Approval

If you have any questions or would like to receive future notices regarding the readoption of the Neuse, Tar-Pamlico, and Randleman Lake rules please contact John Huisman at john.huisman@ncdenr.gov or (919) 807-6436.