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Becoming a staple to the North Carolina business landscape are craft breweries as the state boasts the largest number of them in the American South. Each has its own unique flavor. The brew is exceptional as the environment. One thing that makes a select few craft breweries extra special is that they sit on abandoned, unused, old manufacturing properties that have been recycled into thriving businesses through the North Carolina Brownfields Program.

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DEQ Secretary Michael Regan traveled to Burlington last Saturday to serve as a judge for the 2018 North Carolina Envirothon. Three teams of high school students competed in the final oral presentation demonstrating their knowledge of natural resource conservation and management. Envirothon is a national high school environmental education competition coordinated and supported by the N.C. Division of Soil and Water Conservation and the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Districts on the state level.  

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DEQ’s secretary, Michael Regan, made a visit to the Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District this week to present Lisa Pope with her environmental education certificate. Pope is the resource program support coordinator for the Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District and recently completed the department’s Environmental Education Certification Program. Secretary Regan took this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of educators like Pope to science education and environmental stewardship.

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