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State submits Volkswagen Settlement Phase 1 Plan

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

North Carolina has submitted its plan for the state’s $92 million share of a national settlement with Volkswagen for unlawfully cheating on vehicle emissions. The Volkswagen Mitigation Plan details how the state will invest the first 33% of the funds in Phase 1 on projects to significantly reduce NOx emissions and improve air quality.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Public hearing set for Asheville Plant’s wastewater permit, special consent

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will host a public hearing at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 to obtain community feedback on a draft wastewater permit and draft special order by consent for Duke Energy’s Asheville Steam Electric Plant. The draft wastewater permit is a modification to the plant’s existing permit, while the special order by consent was requested by the company to address issues related to coal ash basin seeps at the facility.

DEQ Public Information Session on GenX

Monday, August 20, 2018

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will host a public information session on Thursday, August 30, 2018. The session will include updates on the state’s ongoing activities related to the GenX investigation that originated at Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility. 

FERC announces public comment period, meetings for Mountain Valley Pipeline project

Friday, August 17, 2018

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, has announced its intent to develop an environmental impact statement and the opening of a public comment period for the Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate project. These actions are part of the federally mandated scoping process which will help the agency determine whether the project is in the public convenience and a necessity, and what the environmental impacts would be along the pipeline route.    

MEDIA ADVISORY: North Carolina Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board to meet Aug. 20

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The state Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board will meet in Raleigh on Monday to discuss the board’s GenX report and trichloroethylene vapor intrusion and action levels, among other topics. The meeting will also include a presentation on hexavalent chromium from Health Canada, the Canadian government agency which oversees national public health programs, research and initiatives. The full agenda is available online at:

EPA to NC: Lower Cape Fear River Swamp Supplemental Classification Denied

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality was notified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of their denial of the Lower Cape Fear River (LCFR) supplemental classification as swamp waters. The original effort to push to reclassify the river was driven by the previous administration, approved by the EMC in 2015, and eventually submitted to the EPA earlier this year.

Division of Air Quality to take action on methyl bromide log fumigation

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is taking comprehensive action on the use of methyl bromide in log fumigation operations. A review of current and proposed facilities, including the Malec Brothers Transport operation in Columbus County, made clear the need for specific state regulations for methyl bromide use.

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