Environment

Under Regan’s watch, EPA vows to get tough on PFAS, regulations underway

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The Environmental Protection Agency is pledging to unleash its full regulatory arsenal on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) polluters.  In a news conference in Raleigh Tuesday, former N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan, appointed by President Joe Biden in March to head the EPA, returned to his home state to share the agency’s […]
Brunswick County has accepted over $530,000 worth of water and sewer infrastructure. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

Brunswick development nixed due to flood concerns is reapplying

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Developers who proposed a new subdivision last month — filled with dwellings of many types west of Bolivia in an area prone to flooding — had their proposal shot down by the Brunswick County Planning Board. It will be considered again next week with revised plans. The board voted 6-1 to deny Middle […]

30 years in the making, a park is getting built near Monkey Junction

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Nearly three decades have passed since New Hanover County purchased a parcel near Monkey Junction with intentions of building a new park on the land. Those plans are now moving along. The 42.5-acre project off Carolina Beach Road was formerly called “Battle Park,” and it faced a rocky path after the […]
Several municipalities in southeastern North Carolina have passed resolutions in solidarity with CFPUA to ask NCDEQ to hold Fayetteville Works accountable. (Port City Daily photo /COURTESY GOOGLE MAPS)

Chemours exceeds air permit limit for GenX

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The Department of Environmental Quality has issued a notice of violation to Chemours for exceeding its 12-month limit of releasing GenX, the chemical that kicked off the region’s water contamination crisis. DEQ allows Chemours to dump 23.07 pounds per year of GenX into the atmosphere. This ceiling was a result of a negotiated 99% reduction […]

Lawsuit brings focus to deadly cost of commerce: Dredging the Wilmington harbor kills sea turtles

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WILMINGTON –– A lawsuit filed in federal court against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers highlights the deadly environmental cost of dredging the Wilmington harbor: bludgeoned sea turtles.  Each year, the corps’ south Atlantic division kills dozens of endangered sea turtles over the course of its federally mandated duties of dredging navigation channels along the coast.  […]

Fumigator of neurotoxin seeks to modify permit at Port of Wilmington facility

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WILMINGTON –– A company that specializes in the use of the neurotoxin methyl bromide is seeking to add a new emission unit to fumigate fruit and produce at the Port of Wilmington.  Ecolab is aiming to modify its existing N.C. Division of Air Quality (DAQ) permit to meet recently tightened state regulations of the ozone-depleting […]

Prospect of visible ocean wind farms unites Brunswick towns in opposition

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY — There’s a campaign afoot in Brunswick County and its coastal townships to thwart the installation of offshore wind turbines within 24 nautical miles of the shoreline.  The opposition movement began earlier this summer in Bald Head Island. The village council approved a resolution in May that makes it clear any efforts to […]
A large pile of debris at off N.C. 53 and Cape Fear Drive, just outside Burgaw, in October. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

County to beef up littering fines, authorize environmental management to write tickets

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– New Hanover County may soon bulk up its fines for repeat litterers and grant its environmental management director the ability to issue civil fines for illegal dumping.  The ability to fine those who illegally dump trash currently rests solely with law enforcement. County code authorizes the sheriff’s office to issue nuisance […]

Houseboat developer gets dealt ‘stop work order’ over CAMA permitting issue

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WILMINGTON — The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality served a “stop work order” to the developer of a planned houseboat community in a downtown Wilmington marina.  In a July 26 letter, an official in the Division of Coastal Management concluded developer Chuck Schoninger did not disclose plans to move three floating homes into Port City […]
Beach nourishment is currently happening in Carolina Beach, Clouds View Photography managed to get some photos from above to capture the process (Port City Daily/Courtesy Clouds View Photography)

New Biden administration policy could jeopardize beach renourishment formula for local towns

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — For decades Wrightsville and Carolina beaches have operated under a beach renourishment ritual that local officials say is environmentally sound and cost effective.  Now the Biden administration has moved to upend this status quo with a new interpretation of existing law, which, despite its intention of protecting coastal resources, would do more harm […]