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Water quality swimming alert issued for ocean-side site in Brunswick County

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

State recreational water quality officials today are alerting the public that initial testing at an ocean-side site in Brunswick County showed levels of bacteria exceeding the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality swimming standards.

DEQ Monitoring Mooresville Sinkhole near Hwy 150

Monday, September 21, 2020

RALEIGH - The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is investigating a sinkhole collapse and release of sediment containing coal ash adjacent to Hwy 150 in Mooresville. DEQ was made aware of the collapse of a stream culvert pipe under a coal ash structural fill during heavy rains on Thursday, September 17, that caused a previously repaired sinkhole in a parking lot to reopen.

North Carolina and Virginia environmental officials finalize restoration plan and request Court to enter Consent Decree for Dan River Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration

Monday, September 21, 2020

RALEIGH – As Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) trustees, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this week filed a motion in federal court that requests the judge to approve and enter a consent decree to resolve the trustees’ claims for natural resource damages, resulting from the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill.

REMINDER: NOAA seeks public input on evaluation of state coastal management and National Estuarine Research Reserve programs

Friday, September 18, 2020

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management will host a virtual public meeting as part of the federal performance evaluation of the North Carolina Coastal Management Program and North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve. The purpose of the meeting is to receive public comment regarding the operation and implementation of the North Carolina Coastal Management Program and North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve. The meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. The public may participate online or by phone.

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