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Three North Carolina Coastal Reserve sites reopen to visitors on May 9

Friday, May 8, 2020

The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve will reopen the Rachel Carson, Masonboro Island, and Bird Island Reserves to visitors on May 9, 2020 as North Carolina enters Phase 1 of the state’s plan of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions.

Report shows significant progress on swine permitting program, community engagement

Monday, May 4, 2020

DEQ has successfully increased equity, transparency and environmental protection in the permitting of swine operations under the 2018 Title VI settlement agreement with citizen groups, which expired on May 3, 2020.  Title VI is a federal civil rights law that requires agency recipients of federal funds to act in a nondiscriminatory manner.  DEQ has produced a report (available online) which details DEQ’s significant progress on community engagement and transparency and the fulfillment of the terms of the agreement.

North Carolina joins multi-state lawsuit opposing federal rule change

Friday, May 1, 2020

Today, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) joined the North Carolina Attorney General and 16 states in filing suit opposing the EPA’s final rule defining “Waters of the United States”.  The rule is set to take effect on June 22, 2020.

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