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Tony Pendola, who serves as the Department of Environmental Quality’s Small Business ombudsman, has worked for the department for more than 20 years, receiving accolades for his commitment to protecting North Carolina’s natural resources while assisting small businesses meet environmental regulations. In 2014, he was on a team that won the Governor’s Award for saving North Carolina Citizens tens of millions of dollars each year on unnecessary special summertime gasoline blends.

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Each of the 260 craft breweries in North Carolina have their own unique flavor in both the brew and the ambiance. There are a select few that have a distinct story to tell because they sit on abandoned, unused, old manufacturing properties that have been repurposed through the North Carolina Brownfields Program.

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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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