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DEQ Issues General Permits for Swine, Cattle and Wet Poultry

Friday, April 12, 2019

The N.C . Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today issued three general permits for animal operations: the Swine General Permit, the Cattle General Permit, and the Wet Poultry General Permit. The revisions to the previous permits are increasingly protective of the environment and public health. The 2019 permit also includes measures to promote technology, efficiency and transparency in record keeping and reporting.

Public Listening Sessions on the Development of the Clean Energy Plan

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality will hold public listening sessions on the development of the state’s Clean Energy Plan, on April 11 in Elizabeth City and May 17 in Greensboro. The public sessions will include updates from the stakeholder workshop process and give attendees an opportunity to provide public comment on key energy issues.

DEQ Orders Duke Energy to Excavate Coal Ash at Six Remaining Sites

Monday, April 1, 2019

Today, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) ordered Duke Energy Progress, LLC to excavate all remaining coal ash impoundments in North Carolina. After conducting a rigorous scientific review of Duke Energy’s proposals for Allen, Belews, Cliffside/Rogers, Marshall, Mayo and Roxboro facilities, and conducting public listening sessions in impacted communities, DEQ has determined excavation of all six sites is the only closure option that meets the requirements of Coal Ash Management Act to best protect public health. The coal ash must be disposed of in a lined landfill.

DEQ Grants Partial Closure Extension for Duke Energy’s Sutton Plant

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) partially granted Duke Energy’s request for variance to extend the the Coal Ash Management Act (CAMA) closure deadline for two coal ash basins at the L.V. Sutton Energy Complex (Sutton Plant) today. 

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