Environmentally Speaking

The McCrory administration issued the state’s largest-ever penalty for environmental damages in 2015 – fining Duke Energy $25.1 million for coal ash contamination – yet when it tried to enforce the fine it learned that policy decisions made by previous administrations made that impossible.

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Read the Roanoke-Chowan News Herald to learn about DEQ Secretary Donald van der Vaart’s recent visit to Nucor during Governor McCrory’s Manufacturing Week: http://www.roanoke-chowannewsherald.com/2016/10/20/deq-leader-tours-nucor/ Chief Deputy Secretary John Evans, second from left, and Secretary Donald van der Vaart, center, tour the facility with members of Nucor's team.

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DEQ Chief Deputy Secretary John Evans tells us about the measures taken by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to address concerns about the sustainability of the Southern Flounder fishery. Click here to read his opinion piece in the Carteret County News-Times: http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/opinions/columns/article_9...

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Without strong leadership, few organizations are successful. This rule certainly holds true for NC state and local government organizations. For the past sixteen months, select managers from across North Carolina state and local government organizations have worked to improve their skills and become better leaders through participation in the Certified Public Manager® Program (CPM). Dena Wilkins graduated as a Certified Public Manager® on October 3rd at 2 p.m. at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, NC. 

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RALEIGH – State environmental officials have issued key permits that allow Duke Energy to safely dispose of coal ash at its L.V. Sutton Energy Complex in Wilmington.   The state solid waste permit and isolated wetland permit issued last week give Duke Energy approval to start building a double-lined, industrial landfill at the Sutton facility. The on-site industrial landfill will be used to safely dispose of coal ash now stored in unlined ponds and other wastes generated at the Sutton facility.  

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Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart presented Thomas Slusser with a certificate this week for completing the department’s North Carolina Environmental Education Certification Program. This presentation was especially noteworthy, as Slusser is not an educator by profession but works in the DEQ Division of Waste Management's Pre-Regulatory Landfill Unit, which is a risk-based program that mitigates the health and environmental risks associated with old municipal landfills.

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State environmental officials announced that they will be accepting comment on a proposed consent order between the state environmental deparment and Duke Energy that imposes additional requirements and penalties for seeps from Duke Energy’s Riverbend facility located in Gaston County.  The proposed order, along with the facility’s water discharge permit issued earlier this year, will ensure both continued protection of the environment and ultimate closure of the facility. 

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