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Year in Review: DEQ works to protect the environment, public health of North Carolinians

Friday, December 28, 2018

This year, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality continued its work to protect the environment and health of all North Carolinians. From providing technical assistance to businesses, to assisting with emergency response efforts to extreme storms and flooding, DEQ has continued to serve the people of our state to find better ways to preserve the environment and fight climate change.

State officials hold public hearing on Marsh Sills general permit

Friday, December 21, 2018

The state’s Division of Coastal Management (DCM) will hold a public hearing to gather comments on the revision of its permit for the construction of marsh sills. The public hearing will be held on January 8 at 5 p.m. at 400 Commerce Avenue in Morehead City.

Comment period extended, public hearing planned for Siler City wastewater plant

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The N.C. Division of Water Resources has extended until Jan. 24, 2019 the public comment period for a draft modified wastewater permit for the Siler City Wastewater Treatment Plant. The agency will also host a Jan. 24 public hearing to provide community members with an additional opportunity to submit feedback on the draft permit.   

State seeks public feedback on Belews Creek Steam Station draft consent order and permit

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public feedback on a proposed draft special order by consent for Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Steam Station, as well as a draft wastewater permit modification for the Stokes County facility. The public comment period for both documents opens today and will run through Jan. 25, 2019.

Reminder: State Climate Change Interagency Council to meet Wednesday

Monday, December 17, 2018

The state’s cabinet secretaries will gather on Wednesday for the inaugural meeting of the N.C . Climate Change Interagency Council.  The Interagency Council was established by Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 80 and directed cabinet agencies to coordinate their efforts to address climate change and transition to a clean energy economy.   N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Secretary Michael S. Regan will serve as the council chair.

Air Permit issued for H.F. Lee Coal Ash Beneficiation facility

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality has issued an air permit for the coal ash beneficiation project at Duke Energy Progress’s H.F. Lee Steam Electric Plant in Goldsboro, North Carolina.  In response to public comments, the Division of Air Quality staff revised the original draft permit to include additional testing and revised emission information.  

State Climate Change Interagency Council to meet Dec 19

Friday, December 7, 2018

The state’s cabinet secretaries will gather on December 19th for the inaugural meeting of the N.C. Climate Change Interagency Council.  The Interagency Council was established by Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 80 and directed state agencies to coordinate their efforts to address climate change and transition to a clean energy economy.

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