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Report shows significant progress on swine permitting program, community engagement

Monday, May 4, 2020

DEQ has successfully increased equity, transparency and environmental protection in the permitting of swine operations under the 2018 Title VI settlement agreement with citizen groups, which expired on May 3, 2020.  Title VI is a federal civil rights law that requires agency recipients of federal funds to act in a nondiscriminatory manner.  DEQ has produced a report (available online) which details DEQ’s significant progress on community engagement and transparency and the fulfillment of the terms of the agreement.

North Carolina joins multi-state lawsuit opposing federal rule change

Friday, May 1, 2020

Today, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) joined the North Carolina Attorney General and 16 states in filing suit opposing the EPA’s final rule defining “Waters of the United States”.  The rule is set to take effect on June 22, 2020.

DEQ approves first three closure plans under historic coal ash settlement

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

RALEIGH – After a thorough review and public participation process, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has approved the closure plans detailing the excavation of coal ash impoundments at three Duke Energy facilities – Cliffside/Rogers Energy Complex, Marshall Steam Station and Mayo Steam Station. DEQ has determined that the closure plans meet the requirements of the Coal Ash Management Act (CAMA) and are protective of public health and the environment.

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