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DEQ seeks federal approvals to ramp up coal ash cleanup

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 12:00am

State environmental officials delivered yesterday to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) an amended permit to allow for additional coal ash clean up at Duke Energy facilities. For more than one year, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has continued to seek federal approvals for conditions of the state’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting. The protracted process has delayed the state’s ability to clean up coal ash across North Carolina.

The Division of Water Resources submitted its fifth permit revision for the Riverbend facility for federal review. Pursuant to DEQ and EPA’s 2007 memorandum of agreement, the EPA will within fifteen days notify the state that it has objections to the permit or that it is extending its review time to ninety (90) days. You may view the documents by clicking the links below: