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State environmental officials seek public input on draft swine waste management permit

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will host a public meeting on Oct. 4 in Greenville to obtain input on the state’s draft swine waste management system general permit (AWG100000), which nearly all North Carolina hog farms are required to comply with. Information shared at the event will include a summary of a technical workgroup session held earlier that day. Community feedback obtained through the meeting will assist environmental regulators in preparing a final draft permit which will be published for public review early next year.  

State seeks feedback on draft permit and consent order for Asheville Steam Electric Plant

Monday, July 23, 2018

The N.C. Division of Water Resources is seeking public feedback on a draft wastewater permit and draft special order by consent for Duke Energy’s Asheville Steam Electric Plant. The draft wastewater permit is a modification to the plant’s existing permit, while the special order by consent has been requested by Duke Energy to address issues related to seeps from coal ash basins at the Buncombe County facility.

Public urged to avoid algal blooms in Chowan River area

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Officials with the N.C. Division of Water Resources are urging the public to avoid contact with green or blue water in the Chowan River due to an algal bloom that has lingered in the area since June 20. The bloom is located about 12 miles upstream of Edenton, however, algae can easily move to other areas.

State seeks public feedback on Duke Energy’s Cape Fear Plant permit

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Officials with the N.C. Division of Water Resources are seeking public feedback on a draft wastewater permit for the Cape Fear Steam Electric Power Plant in Moncure, N.C. The facility discharges treated industrial wastewater and stormwater to the Cape Fear River in Chatham County.

State extends public comment period for Duke Energy draft consent orders

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The state Department of Environmental Quality has extended the public comment periods for two draft consent orders that will establish agreements for Duke Energy to drain coal ash ponds more quickly at the company’s Buck, Belews Creek, Mayo and Roxboro facilities. The consent orders will allow the utility to close out the impoundments earlier than the deadline that is required by the state Coal Ash Management Act.

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