Press Releases

Rural Counties to Receive Water Infrastructure Funding

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has announced nearly $1 million in water infrastructure funding to help four communities in Madison, Robeson and Swain Counties take steps toward viable water infrastructure, improved water quality, and economic growth.

State Requests Comment on Belews Creek Draft Air Permit

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Division of Air Quality is accepting public comment on a draft air permit for Duke Energy Carolinas Belews Creek Steam Station in Stokes County.  The proposed project includes adding natural gas co-firing capability to coal-fired Units 1 and 2 and the conversion of Auxiliary Boilers 1 and 2 to natural gas firing.  The comment period is open from March 4, 2019, until April 3, 2019.

State Holds Public Sessions on Development of the Clean Energy Plan

Monday, March 4, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality will hold a series of public listening sessions on the development of the state’s Clean Energy Plan, starting Friday, March 8th. The public sessions will include updates from the stakeholder workshop process and give attendees an opportunity to provide public comment. 

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.

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