Press Releases

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold three public engagement sessions in June to receive input on how flooding, flood mitigation, and resiliency impact North Carolina communities. Public input will assist DEQ in developing the North Carolina Flood Resiliency Blueprint alongside over 100 technical advisors representing Federal, State, County, Municipal, and Tribal governments, non-governmental organizations and universities.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Coastal Management and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore will host an interagency work group meeting on May 24 by web conference to discuss the role of public and private insurance in addressing erosion-threatened structures. The public may listen by computer or phone.

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is providing an additional 15 days to submit public comment on a draft air quality permit for Wolfspeed, Inc. – Siler City Factory.

State recreational water quality officials today lifted a water quality swimming advisory for a sound-side swimming area in Dare County.

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet in-person May 24-26 at the Beaufort Hotel, 2440 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort. The meeting will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

Consistent and heavy April rainfall has resulted in a clear drought map for North Carolina on the U.S. Drought Monitor as reported through the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council (DMAC). Since May 4, 2023, all of North Carolina’s 100 counties were determined to be free from drought or abnormally dry conditions.

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), in cooperation with the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, City of Durham, Durham County, Town of Hillsborough and Orange County will be treating the Eno River for Hydrilla May 15, 2023 through August 31, 2023.

The North Carolina Mining Commission will meet in Raleigh on May 10, 2023, beginning at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend in person, by computer or phone.

The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission (EMC) will meet virtually on Wednesday and Thursday, May 10 and 11, 2023. The public is invited to attend online or in-person at the listening station in the Ground Floor Hearing Room of the Archdale Building at 512 N. Salisbury St, Raleigh.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 Committee Meetings Remote Access
Thursday, May 11, 2023 Full Commission Meeting Remote Access

Meeting information may be found at the Department of Environmental Quality’s Environmental Management Commission webpage.

The Environmental Management Commission is responsible for adopting rules for the protection, preservation and enhancement of the state’s air, land and water resources. The commission oversees and adopts rules for several divisions of the Department of Environmental Quality, including the divisions of Air Quality; Energy, Mineral and Land Resources; Waste Management and Water Resources.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Coastal Management will hold a meeting at the Morehead City Train Depot, 1001 Arendell St., Morehead City, May 8 at 9 a.m. to discuss an Area of Environmental Concern (AEC) Nomination. The nomination was submitted on behalf of the Beaufort Citizens Alliance to consider property in the Town of Beaufort for designation as a Natural or Cultural Resource AEC. The public is invited to observe, however, this will not be a public hearing.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public stakeholder input session May 9, 2023, as part of the renewal process for six Animal Feeding Operations General Permits. Input from the event, as well as input received during the 60-day comment period through June 5, will be considered in the development of the draft permits which will become effective in 2024.

El Departamento de Calidad Medioambiental (DEQ, por sus siglas en ingles) de Carolina del Norte celebrará una sesión pública el 9 de mayo de 2023 para recibir comentarios y opiniones de las partes interesadas, como parte del proceso de renovación de seis permisos generales para operaciones de alimentación de animales. Los comentarios y opiniones recibidas en el evento, así como durante el período de comentarios de 60 días (hasta el 5 de junio), se tendrán en cuenta en la elaboración de los proyectos de permisos, que entrarán en vigor en el 2024.

The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve will hold spring local advisory committee meetings May 8 through 22 for the following reserve sites. All meetings are open to the public.

Another 86 electric vehicle charging ports will be funded with rebates from the N.C. Volkswagen Settlement. 

The Secretary’s Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board will hold its quarterly business meeting in-person on May 4 at 3 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend in-person or online.