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State Science Advisory Board seeks public input on draft GenX report

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Officials with the N.C. Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board are asking the public for input on a report that will provide recommendations on a reference dose to be used to establish water quality standards, as well as recommendations on the derivation and calculation of the health goal for GenX. The draft report is the culmination of extensive research and deliberations by the board, which provides guidance to the state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services as the agencies work to address emerging compounds statewide.

Department of Environmental Quality honored for Special Achievement in GIS

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality received the Special Achievement in GIS award from geographic information system provider Earth Science Research Institute (ESRI) because of its innovative application of mapping, data analytics and leadership in the field of environmental protection.

Public Comment period opens for Roxboro Steam Electric Plant

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The N.C. Division of Air Quality will accept public comment on a draft permit for Roxboro Steam Electric Plant from August 22 until September 21, 2018. Duke Energy Progress, LLC has applied for a renewal of Air Quality Title V Operation Permit 01001T54 for the Roxboro Steam Electric Plant at 1700 Dunnaway Road, Semora, Person County, NC.

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:

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