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UPDATED LOCATION, ADDITIONAL SESSION: Proposed Malec Brothers fumigation permit


State officials have announced a new location for the continuation of a public hearing to seek additional feedback on a permit application from Malec Brothers Transport, LLC. Additionally, the Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will hold a public information session at 6:00 pm, one hour prior to that hearing. Both sessions will take place on May 15 at East Columbus High School, 32 Gator Lane in Lake Waccamaw on the Malec Brothers’ draft permit.

Due to expected high attendance, parking limitations and ADA compliance considerations, a county official contacted DAQ today to offer the high school auditorium space for the public event. Due to interest in the permitting process, the information session was added to the rule-required public hearing.

Earlier this week, DAQ announced the public comment period extension to May 18.

Malec Brothers Transport, which is based in Australia, has applied to the N.C. Division of Air Quality, or DAQ, for a permit to use methyl bromide to fumigate logs at a facility the company plans to open in Delco, a community about 18 miles west of Wilmington. The company is seeking a permit to treat logs with methyl bromide in shipping containers before the products are exported. 

WHAT: Public Information Session & Hearing on Malec Brothers permit application

WHEN: Information Session, Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm

              Public Hearing, Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm

WHERE: Auditorium, East Columbus High School, 32 Gator Lane, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450


  • Written comments will be accepted during the public comment period by sending emails to the following address: Please type “Malec Brothers Fumigation” in the subject line.
  • Written comments can also be sent by traditional mail to: Ms. Urva Patel, N.C. Division of Air Quality, 1641 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1641. 

DAQ will consider all public comments and other available information about the permit before deciding whether to issue the final permit, deny the permit or issue it with amended conditions.

The notice, a permit application, environmental justice report and other permitting documents can be found on DAQ’s website at: