Rules Review

N.C. Gen. Stat. §150B-21.3A, adopted in 2013, requires state agencies to review existing rules every 10 years. The Department of Environmental Quality's rules are located by subchapters in Title 15A of the NC Administrative Code. The Department's rules will be reviewed on a schedule established by the Rules Review Commission. As rules become available for public comment, links will be available below.

The Department is required to evaluate each of the existing rules and make an initial determination from one of these two classifications:

  • Necessary – Means any rule other than an unnecessary rule.
  • Unnecessary – Means a rule that the agency determines to be obsolete, redundant, or otherwise not needed.
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Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, The Mining Commission is seeking public comment on the initial determinations and its existing rules.  Public comment means written comments objecting to the rule, in whole or in part, or objecting to the initial determination of the rule as necessary or unnecessary. 

The comment period begins January 27, 2023 and ends on April 4, 2023.

Please specify which rule citation (ex: 15A NCAC 05A .0101) your comment corresponds to. 

To view the Mining Commission's initial determinations for each rule, click here. To view the Mining Commission's existing rules, click here.

To submit electronic comments, email the Mining Program at

Or mail written comments to:

Depart. of Environmental Quality
Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources
Mining Program (Attn. Rules review)
1612 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1612

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If you would like to receive notification of DEQ's Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules, you may subscribe to our DEQ Rules mailing list: