MEDIA ADVISORY: Public hearing scheduled to gather comment on Marshall Steam Station permit

RALEIGH

The state environmental department will hold a public hearing June 22 in Hickory to hear comments on a draft modified wastewater discharge permit for Duke Energy’s Marshall Steam Station.

The facility is required to have a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES, permit to cover discharges of wastewater to Lake Norman in the Catawba River basin. The draft permit under review is a renewal of permit #NC0004987.

The public hearing will begin at 6 p.m. June 22 at the Catawba Valley Community College East Wing Auditorium, 2550 Hwy. 70 Southeast, Hickory. Speaker sign-up begins at 5 p.m. If possible, speakers are asked to provide a written copy of their comments to the hearing officer.

Written comments on the draft permit will also be accepted by mail until June 22. Comments should be mailed to: Wastewater Permitting, Attn: Marshall Permit, 1617 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1617. Public comments may also be submitted by email to: publiccomments@ncdenr.gov. Please be sure to include “Marshall” in the email’s subject line.

The draft modified wastewater permit and related documents are available online at: http://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-resources/water-resources-hot-topics/dwr-coal-ash-regulation/duke-energy-npdes-permits-for-facilities-with-coal-ash-ponds/2014-duke-energy-npdes-modifications-renewals.

Printed copies of the draft permit and related documents may be reviewed at the department’s Mooresville Regional Office. To make an appointment to review the documents, please call 704-663-1699.

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