Press Releases

N.C. Environmental Management Commission to meet Jan. 9-10

Monday, January 7, 2019

The N.C. Environmental Management Commission will meet this week at the Archdale Building in downtown Raleigh. Commission committees will meet Wednesday, Jan. 9, with the full commission meeting Thursday, Jan. 10. Topics to be discussed include state rules on water supply watershed protection and nutrient management strategies, among other items.

DEQ Secretary Regan says fisheries authorizations endanger coastal resources

Friday, November 30, 2018

The N.C . Department of Environmental Quality’s Secretary Michael S. Regan released the following statement on the Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHAs) that were issued today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to five companies for seismic testing off of North Carolina’s coast.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Public information session about GenX scheduled for Dec. 11

Friday, November 23, 2018

The state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services will host a seventh community information session Tuesday, Dec. 11, about the state’s ongoing activities related to the GenX investigation that originated at the Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility.  

RELEASE: DEQ approves low-risk classification of seven coal ash impoundment facilities

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has determined that Duke Energy has met the low-risk classification criteria set forth in the Coal Ash Management Act (CAMA) for coal combustion residuals surface impoundments located at Duke Energy’s Allen, Belews Creek, Buck, Rogers (formerly Cliffside), Marshall, Mayo, and Roxboro facilities.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Department of Environmental Quality announces meeting cancellations

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The N.C. Environmental Management Commission meetings scheduled for Sept. 19 and Sept. 20 in Raleigh have been cancelled. New meeting dates will soon be announced and posted on the commission website at: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-resources/water-resources-commissions/environmental-management-commission.

The N.C. Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board meeting planned for Sept. 24 has also been cancelled. More information on the board’s meetings is available online at:https://deq.nc.gov/news/hot-topics/genx-investigation/secretaries-science-advisory-board.

Statement on Sutton Steam Plant Wastewater Discharge

Saturday, September 15, 2018

In response to the recent update by Duke on the wastewater discharge at the Sutton Plant, DEQ Communications Director Megan S. Thorpe offered the following comment:

DEQ has been closely monitoring all coal ash impoundments that could be vulnerable in this record breaking rain event. As soon as it is safe to do so, DEQ will be onsite at the Sutton Steam Plant to conduct a thorough inspection. Once the damage is assessed, DEQ will determine the best path forward and hold the utility accountable for implementing the solution that ensures the protection of public health and the environment.

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