Press Releases

Daily Ozone Forecasts Begin Today

Friday, March 1, 2019

Today marks the start of the 2019 Ozone Season, which runs from March 1 through October 31.  The Division of Air Quality, along with its local partner programs, will issue daily ozone forecasts for seven North Carolina Metropolitan areas throughout the ozone season.

State gives $600,000 to 83 counties and cities to aid electronics recycling

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The state Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Waste Management recently awarded $600,000 to 83 county and city governments to support local electronics management programs, which provide residents with opportunities to recycle electronics like televisions and computer equipment.

 

Court Approves Order to Stop PFAS from Entering Cape Fear

Monday, February 25, 2019

Today, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and other parties that signed the consent order made public last week appeared in Superior Court before Judge Douglas Sasser. The judge approved the order in its entirety, which will mean real relief for people near the Chemours plant and in the Cape Fear River Basin. Downstream, reductions in PFAS/GenX will continue due to the order.

State Requests Public Comment on Methyl Bromide Report

Monday, February 25, 2019

The North Carolina Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is requesting public comment on the methyl bromide report provided to the Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board. The Division of Air Quality is asking the Science Advisory Board to recommend an Acceptable Ambient Level (AAL) for the use of methyl bromide in log fumigation.  The 30-day comment period will be open until March 27, 2019.

DEQ files Action to Address PFAS Pollution, Cleanup

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality today filed a Revised Consent Order in Bladen County Superior Court. DEQ has asked the court to enter the order, which will hold the Chemours Company FC, LLC accountable for PFAS contamination, including GenX, in the Cape Fear Region. The order is a critical step to provide relief to people around the Fayetteville Works facility and to communities downstream.

Reminder: Public Hearing on Chemours Draft Air Permit to Install Thermal Oxidizer

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will host a public meeting and public hearing on Monday, February 18, on a draft permit for the Chemours Company to install and operate a thermal oxidizer/scrubber system for emission control at their Fayetteville Works Facility. The system will significantly reduce the emissions of PFAS, GenX and other pollutants coming from the facility.

State Releases Final Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has released the state Greenhouse Gas Inventory requested by Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 80. The inventory contains a detailed accounting of greenhouse gases from human activity in key source categories from 1990 to 2017, including both emissions and reductions. 

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