Division of Air Quality

Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR

North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has created a draft proposal to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.  However, the EPA will likely reject the state’s strategy, since it addresses only a third of the overall requirements for carbon dioxide reductions.  At a recent public hearing in Wilmington, WHQR’s Isabelle Shepherd reports over one hundred people came out to call for a more thorough proposal. 

Photograph taken by Dori (dori@merr.info) / Wikimedia Commons

The levels of toxic mercury floating around in North Carolina’s air have taken a stunning nosedive over the last ten years. 

Titan America received its state air permit Wednesday after a nearly four-year application process. 

Three years after announcing its plans to operate a cement plant in Castle Hayne, Titan America is still waiting to hear a final decision regarding an air permit from the state Division of Air Quality.