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Environmental Management Board to Meet

Great Lake in the Croatan National Forest near Havelock. Photo: NC Wetlands/N.C. Division of Water Resources

The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission will discuss Thursday groundwater quality standards and temporary rules for a subset of wetlands no longer under the Clean Water Act during its full commission meeting.

The commission, which adopts rules for the protection, preservation and enhancement of the state’s air, land and water resources will begin its meeting at 9 a.m. Join the meeting here. 

The Division of Water Resources, or DWR, is asking for the commission to waive its 30-day rule and to approve holding a public meeting and hearing on amending groundwater quality standards, such as adding standards for three compounds, including Perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, or PFOS.

DWR is also asking the commission to waive the 30-day rule and initiate temporary rulemaking by holding a public notice and hearing for a subset of wetlands no longer under the federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army published in April the Navigable Waters Protection Rule in the Federal Register to finalize a revised definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. As a result of the new Federal Rule that went into effect in June, a subset of wetlands classified under State law are no longer subject to federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction.

Commission committees will meet Wednesday at the following times: 9-10:30 a.m. Water Allocation Committee; 10:45-11:45 a.m. Air Quality Committee; 1-3:30 p.m. Water Quality Committee; and 3:45-4:45 p.m.  Groundwater & Waste Management.

The public can listen to the meetings online or by phone. Agendas for the committee meetings on Wednesday and the full commission meeting on Thursday are available here.

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.

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