Press Releases

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.

State seeks public feedback on Duke Energy’s Buck Steam Station permits

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public feedback on two draft stormwater permits and a draft wastewater permit for Duke Energy’s Buck Combined Cycle Station. The Rowan County facility discharges to the Yadkin River in the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin.   

Public information session about GenX scheduled for May 29

Friday, May 18, 2018

State officials announced an information session has been scheduled about the state’s ongoing activities related to the GenX investigation that originated at Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility. The information session is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, at St. Pauls Middle School, located at 526 West Shaw Street in St. Pauls.

Public Information Session on proposed new PSNC Mill Spring Compressor Station

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is holding a public information session to accompany the public comment period on a proposed air quality permit for Public Service Company of North Carolina’s (PSNC) Mill Spring Compressor Station on Silver Creek Road in Polk County. The meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 23, in the R. Jay Foster Hall of Justice at the Bryant H. Womack Building located at 40 Courthouse Street in Columbus, North Carolina.  DAQ will provide a short presentation on the draft air quality permit and answer questions from attendees during the information session.

UPDATED LOCATION, ADDITIONAL SESSION: Proposed Malec Brothers fumigation permit

Friday, May 11, 2018

State officials have announced a new location for the continuation of a public hearing to seek additional feedback on a permit application from Malec Brothers Transport, LLC. Additionally, the Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will hold a public information session at 6:00 pm, one hour prior to that hearing. Both sessions will take place on May 15 at East Columbus High School, 32 Gator Lane in Lake Waccamaw on the Malec Brothers’ draft permit.

New meeting date, comment period extension announced on proposed Malec Brothers fumigation permit

Monday, May 7, 2018

State officials have announced an extension to the second public comment period and a new public hearing date to seek additional feedback on a permit application from Malec Brothers Transport, LLC. The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will hold a public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 15 at Acme Delco Middle School, 26133 Andrew Jackson Highway, in Delco on the Malec Brothers’ draft permit. The public comment period has been extended to May 18.

State reaches agreement on swine facilities with plans to strengthen protection for nearby communities

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has reached a settlement agreement with a coalition of community-based environmental groups that will improve regulatory oversight of industrial swine operations and better protect nearby communities from health and environmental impacts. The agreement marks the resolution of civil rights complaints filed against the state environmental agency in 2014 and 2016.

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