State seeks feedback on H.F. Lee plant draft water quality permit

RALEIGH

State environmental officials are asking the public to provide input on the proposed draft wastewater permit for a Duke Energy Progress facility in Wayne County.

The state environmental agency has drafted a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES, permit for wastewater discharges at the H.F. Lee Energy Complex in Goldsboro. The facility discharges to the Neuse River.

The draft wastewater permit and related documents are available online at: https://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/duke-energy-npdes-modifications-renewals.

Public comments on the draft wastewater permit should be mailed to: Division of Water Resources, Wastewater Permitting, Attn: H.F. Lee, 1617 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C., 27699-1617. Public comments may also be submitted by email to: public.comments@ncdenr.gov. Please be sure to include “H.F. Lee” in the email’s subject line.

The public comment period for the draft wastewater permit ends Dec. 15. All comments received by the comment period closing date will be considered in the final determination regarding permit issuance and permit provisions.

As part of the public comment period, state officials will hold a public hearing to gather feedback on the draft permit. The public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Wayne County Center, 208 W. Chestnut St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27533. Speaker registration begins at 5 p.m.

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