Press Releases

The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) will hold a specially called meeting Dec. 13 by web conference to discuss emergency and temporary rules. The meeting will be limited to this one agenda item. Members of the public may join by computer or phone.

 At DEQ's direction, Chemours is expanding sampling for PFAS contamination in private drinking water wells in New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus, and Pender counties.  More than 14,100 additional residences may now qualify for sampling. 

The State Water Infrastructure Authority will meet Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Steve Troxler Agricultural Sciences Center in Raleigh. The public may attend the meeting in person or listen online or by phone.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality's Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources (DEMLR) will hold a public hearing beginning at 6 p.m. on Dec. 19, 2023, on the Martin Marietta application to modify a mining permit at Fuquay Quarry.

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) issued a renewal to Stericycle Inc. for its Title V air quality permit.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing on proposed shellfish leases in Pender County at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31. The hearing will be held in-person at the Surf City Municipal Complex, Council Chambers, 214 Florence Way, Hampstead, and by WebEx.

North Carolina Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board to Meet December 6

The Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board will meet on Wednesday, December 6 at 10:00 am.  The public is invited to attend the meeting in person or online. 

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rescinded its approval for imports of waste material containing GenX from a Chemours facility in the Netherlands to the Chemours Fayetteville Works Plant in North Carolina. The EPA notified Governor Cooper by letter today of the decision.

North Carolina’s Drought Management Advisory Council (DMAC) expanded the Extreme Drought (D3) designation to parts of four additional counties in southwestern North Carolina, and classified 10 more counties in the Piedmont as in Severe Drought.

The Division of Marine Fisheries license office in Manteo will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 22, reopening on Monday Nov. 27. 

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) has issued a Title V air quality permit to Dura-Supreme, LLC – Statesville. The permit will allow the company to construct and operate a wood cabinet manufacturing facility in Iredell County.

The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) Science Panel will meet Nov. 27 by web conference to continue their work on sea level rise and inlet hazard areas. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. The public may listen by computer or phone.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries recently established a new state record for Almaco Jack (Seriola rivoliana).

The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve will hold fall local advisory committee meetings Dec. 4-14 for the following reserve sites. All meetings are open to the public.

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission today took a further step toward recovery of the striped mullet fishery, voting to send the Draft Striped Mullet Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2 for public and advisory committee review.