DEQ accepting comments on Community Mapping System with Environmental Justice Tool

RALEIGH

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is accepting public comment through July 10 on the continued development of the Community Mapping System with Environmental Justice tool.

Unveiled last month, the beta release of the mapping system provides communities with up-to-date information for future planning. Public feedback will help DEQ improve the next version of the mapping system.

The Community Mapping System features existing data from DEQ divisions along with census data, other geographic and socioeconomic data collected by federal or academic institutions, and health data provided by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. The Community Mapping System also includes more North Carolina-specific information, such as state tribal layers and environmental permits, providing a complementary screening tool to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s EJSCREEN. New data layers will be added as they become available.

The comment period will be open until July 10, 2019. The public is invited send comments by email to ej@ncdenr.gov; through the survey posted on the website at: https://deq.nc.gov/outreach-education/environmental-justice/deq-north-carolina-community-mapping-system/deq-north; or mail comments to:
                                    N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
                                    Attn: Renee Kramer
                                    217 West Jones Street
                                    1646 Mail Service Center
                                    Raleigh, NC 27699-1646

All comments and survey responses received by the close of the comment period will be considered in the development of the next version of the community mapping system.

More information about the North Carolina Community Mapping System can be found online at: https://deq.nc.gov/outreach-education/environmental-justice/deq-north-carolina-community-mapping-system.

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