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Start of ozone season launches daily forecasts for metropolitan areas

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Along with the return of spring blooms and sticky pollen, today marks the start of the 2018 ozone season. State and local environmental agencies will issue daily air quality forecasts for ozone in seven metropolitan areas across North Carolina through Oct. 30.

UPDATED VERSION: State issues air quality permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline project

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

*This is an updated version as of 3:15 PM on February 27th, 2018.*

The state Department of Environmental Quality today issued an air quality permit for the Northampton Compressor Station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. After an engaged public process, staff with DEQ’s Division of Air Quality revised the original draft permit to accurately address emissions and require future permit modifications if needed.    

GenX found in rainwater samples collected near Chemours facility

Friday, February 23, 2018

The state Division of Air Quality today announced that analysis of rainwater samples recently collected near the Chemours facility show varying levels of GenX. Details may be viewed on DEQ’s GenX website, with concentrations ranging from non-detects and 5.2 parts per trillion to 630 parts per trillion on Jan. 28-29 and 9.98 parts per trillion to 286 parts per trillion on Feb. 4-5.

State gives $700,000 to 72 counties and cities to aid electronics recycling

Friday, February 23, 2018

The state Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Waste Management recently awarded $700,000 to 72 county and city governments to support local electronics management programs, which provide residents with opportunities to recycle electronics like televisions and computer equipment.

State orders Chemours to control additional sources of GenX contamination

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality on Monday issued a notice of violation to Chemours Fayetteville Works ordering the company to immediately take new measures to control additional sources of GenX and other perfluorinated compounds from site contamination and air emissions. The state agency also issued a letter directing the company to begin a trial of new technology to curb emissions from the facility’s smokestacks and granted limited approval for Chemours to test carbon filtration systems on residential drinking water wells.    

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