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EPA to NC: Lower Cape Fear River Swamp Supplemental Classification Denied

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality was notified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of their denial of the Lower Cape Fear River (LCFR) supplemental classification as swamp waters. The original effort to push to reclassify the river was driven by the previous administration, approved by the EMC in 2015, and eventually submitted to the EPA earlier this year.

Division of Air Quality to take action on methyl bromide log fumigation

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is taking comprehensive action on the use of methyl bromide in log fumigation operations. A review of current and proposed facilities, including the Malec Brothers Transport operation in Columbus County, made clear the need for specific state regulations for methyl bromide use.

State seeks feedback on draft permit and consent order for Asheville Steam Electric Plant

Monday, July 23, 2018

The N.C. Division of Water Resources is seeking public feedback on a draft wastewater permit and draft special order by consent for Duke Energy’s Asheville Steam Electric Plant. The draft wastewater permit is a modification to the plant’s existing permit, while the special order by consent has been requested by Duke Energy to address issues related to seeps from coal ash basins at the Buncombe County facility.

Division of Air Quality to honor 7th Grade AQ-IQ contest winners

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The N.C. Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will celebrate the innovative ideas of state seventh graders Saturday at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer on Saturday.  As part of the North Carolina 2018 AQ-IQ Contest, the students created projects highlighting air quality issues and their ideas for solving them.

Reminder: Public Hearing on H.F. Lee Coal Ash Beneficiation

Monday, July 9, 2018

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will host a public hearing tomorrow, July 10, on the proposed coal ash beneficiation project at the Duke Energy Progress’ H.F. Lee Steam Electric Plant. The hearing will be held in the Moffatt Auditorium on the Wayne Community College campus in Goldsboro. The public is invited to provide feedback on the plan to construct a fly ash processing facility at the plant.

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