Memo: Malec Brothers Transport Permit Application Withdrawn

Raleigh

To: Interested Parties

From: Sharon Martin, Public Information Officer

Date:  January 30, 2019

Re: Malec Brothers Transport Permit Application Withdrawn

Malec Brothers Transport, LLC has formally withdrawn its application for an air permit for the use of methyl bromide for log fumigation at its Delco location. 

This application highlighted the need for clear regulation of the use of methyl bromide for log fumigation and the Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is moving forward with its rule-making effort. Adding methyl bromide to the list of state air toxics and establishing an acceptable ambient level (AAL) to guide regulation will protect the public health and provide regulatory certainty for future applicants and existing businesses.

DAQ will continue work on a permanent rule with the guidance of the Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board and through the Environmental Management Commission despite the Malec withdrawal, as the use of this hazardous air pollutant is a matter of public concern.

The company has opted to prepare logs for shipment at that site using debarking methods. DAQ inspectors have visited the site and determined that an air permit is not required for that activity.

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