2017 News Stories from The North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (NCMA)

Tell Us Now: Did We Miss Issues Important To Your Company?

NCMA’s Science and Technology and Government Affairs Committees at their Aug. 17, 2017 joint meeting developed an initial list of priority issues that will direct NCMA's efforts and resources during 2018 Did we miss any issues important to your company? Now is the time to speak up! [August 23, 2017]

Register Now and Reserve Your Room Today for the 2017 NCMA Annual Meeting

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance will take place at the Holiday Inn Resort at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on September 25 and 26, 2017.  Please take a few minutes today to register and to reserve your room at the Holiday Inn Resort. [August 25, 2017]

CAPCA Fall Conference Oct.11-13

The Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association (CAPCA) will hold its annual Fall Conference Oct. 11–13 2017, at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort, Myrtle Beach, S.C. For more information go to: http://capca-carolinas.org/conferences/2017-fall/. [August 25, 2017]

Governor Cooper Proposes New NPDES Permit Application Disclosure Requirements

On July 24, 2017, Governor Roy Cooper announced a series of “next steps” that his administration would take to address growing public concerns about unregulated constituents in drinking water supplies. We have some major concerns.... [July 28, 2017]

Annual "Issues" Meeting for All NCMA Committees Thurs. Aug. 17

[Public Content] NCMA’s Science and Technology Committee, Government Affairs Committee and Safety Committee, will meet jointly at 1 PM on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at the NCMA office for our annual session to develop an initial list of priority issues. [July 28, 2017]

LAST CHANCE to Register for NCMA's 2017 EEHS School

[Public Content] This is your last chance to register for NCMA’s 2017 North Carolina Environmental, Energy, Health & Safety (EEHS) School on August 7-8, 2017 in Raleigh. REGISTER TODAY. [July 28, 2017]

SAVE THE DATE: NCMA 2017 Annual Meeting Sept 25-26

[Public Content] The 2017 NCMA Annual Meeting will take place on September 25 and 26, 2017 at the Holiday Inn at Wrightsville Beach. [July 28, 2017]

Governor Makes Four Appointments to North Carolina Environmental Management Commission

[Public Content] Gov. Cooper has made four appointments to the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) to replace members whose term expired June 30, 2017. [July 14, 2017]

NCMA Government Affairs Conference Calls On Hold Until August 14

[Public Content] NCMA’s Government Affairs Committee has a conference call to discuss pending legislation every Monday at 11 AM when the North Carolina General Assembly is in session. Calls will resume on August 14. [July 14, 2017]

SAVE THE DATE: NCMA 2017 Annual Meeting Sept 25-26

[Public Content] The 2017 NCMA Annual Meeting will take place on September 25 and 26, 2017 at the Holiday Inn at Wrightsville Beach. [July 14, 2017]

Domtar Hosting EMS 14001 Conversion Course July 25-26

[Public Content] Domtar, an NCMA member, is hosting a free EMS 14001 conversion course (to the 2015 version of the standard) at its Plymouth facility on July 25 and 26.  Seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. [June 30, 2017]

2017 EEHS School Has Great Lineup of Exhibitors

[Public Content] In search of EEHS products and services? Visit the Exhibition Hall at the 2017 North Carolina Environmental, Energy, Health & Safety School August 7-8, 2017 and talk to some of the leading vendors in the country. See out list of exhibitors. [July 14, 2017]

DEQ to Convene Science Panel to Address Continuing Controversy over Chromium Groundwater Standard

[Public Content] DEQ Secretary Michael Regan announced July 12 that he is directing a state panel to provide science-based guidance that can be used to address the ongoing controversy over the appropriate groundwater standard for chromium. [July 14, 2017]

This Week at the General Assembly – June 26-30, 2017

After an exhausting week of long days and nights, the NC General Assembly completed its 2017 session at just after 2 AM Friday, June 30, 2017. Here are some highlights. [June 30, 2017]

SAVE THE DATE: NCMA 2017 Annual Meeting Sept 25-26

[Public Content] The 2017 NCMA Annual Meeting will take place on September 25 and 26, 2017 at the Holiday Inn at Wrightsville Beach. [June 30, 2017]

Michael Pjetraj Named DAQ Deputy Director

[Public Content] Mike Abraczinskas, Director, Division of Air Quality, has named Michael Pjetraj as the Deputy Director of the Division.. [June 30, 2017]

EPA Move to Rescind Obama Administration's Clean Water Rule

[Public Content] The EPA announced June 27, 2017 a proposed rule to rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Water Rule defining "waters of the United States" or WOTUS. [June 30, 2017]

OSHA Proposes Five-Month Delay for Electronic Injury Data Requirements

[Public Content] Federal OSHA published a proposed rule in the June 28, 2017 to delay from July 1 to Dec. 1, 2017 a requirement for employers to submit injury and illness electronically to the agency. [June 30, 2017]

Environmental Management Commission Meetings Set for July 12-13

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and four of its committees will meet on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, and Thursday, July 13, 2017. The items of potential interest to NCMA members includes... [June 30, 2017]

Legislative Update for May 15-19, 2017

This week has been another quiet week at the General Assembly.  Here is a recap. [May 19, 2017]

Invitation to Join Two New NCMA Ad Hoc Committees

At its meeting on May 4, the NCMA Science and Technology Committee announced the formation of two ad hoc committees.  The first is the Ad Hoc Committee on NC’s Use of Human Health Criteria in Setting Water Quality Standards; and the second is the Ad Hoc Committee on Review of Air Quality Rule-making Proposals. [May 19, 2017]

OSHA Suspends Rule Requiring Firms Report Injury, Illness Data Online

[Public Content] The federal OSHA announced May 17, 2017 that it intends to delay the July 1, 2017 compliance date for the electronic submission of OSHA injury and illness records on the 2016 Form 300A. [May 19, 2017]

DAQ Sets Stakeholder Meeting on Re-adoption of Air Toxics Rules for June 5

[Public Content] The next stakeholder meeting to review DAQ’s Group 3 rules, including the Air Toxics rules, will be June 5. [May 19, 2017]

Governor Names New Member to Environmental Management Commission

[Public Content] Governor Cooper has appointed Dr. Suzanne Lazorick as the newest member of the Environmental Management Commission. She will take the seat reserved by law for a licensed physician. [May 12, 2017]

Governor Nominates Three Members to the North Carolina Utilities Commission

[Public Content] Governor Cooper has named ToNola D. Brown-Bland, Daniel G. Clodfelter and Charlotte A. Mitchell to serve terms of six years each on the North Carolina Utilities Commission subject to approval by the General Assembly. [May 12, 2017]

DAQ Outside Involvement Committee Meeting May 16

The Division of Air Quality’s (DAQ) Outside Involvement Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.  The meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in Room 1210, Green Square, 217 West Jones Street, Raleigh. The agenda includes ... [May 12, 2017]

Sudden Death of Henry Boswell

[Public Content] With deep regret and sadness, we report that our long-time friend, colleague and NCMA member Henry Boswell passed away suddenly last night May 4, 2017. NCMA staff and all of us who came to know and work with Henry extend our deepest condolences to Henry’s family. [May 5, 2017]

Environmental Management Commission Meetings Set for May 10-11

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and four of its committees will meet on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, and Thursday, May 11, 2017. The list of items of potential interest to NCMA members includes... [May 5, 2017]

NCMA Government Affairs Call Monday, April 24 @ 11 AM

[Public Content] NCMA’s Government Affairs Committee has a conference call to discuss pending legislation every Monday at 11 AM when the North Carolina General Assembly is in session. The next call will be Monday, April 24 @ 11 AM. [April 21, 2017]

NCMA April 27 Committee Meetings Moved to Thursday May 4

[Public Content] NCMA’s Science & Technology (S&T) Committee and NCMA’s Government Affairs Committee will not meet on April 27, as originally planned.  Instead both committees will meet jointly on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 1PM. [April 21, 2017]

DWM Stakeholder Meeting April 25 to Discuss Generator Improvement Rule

[Public Content] The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Waste Management (DWM), Hazardous Waste Section is holding a stakeholder meeting April 25. [April 21, 2017]

NC Senate Committee Recommends Approval of Regan as DEQ Secretary

[Public Content] A North Carolina Senate Committee voted April 6, 2017 to unanimously recommend that the Senate confirm Michael S. Regan as the new Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). [April 7, 2017]

Two DWM Stakeholder Meeting Set in April to Discuss Hazardous Waste Rulemaking

[Public Content] The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Waste Management (DWM), Hazardous Waste Section will have two Stakeholder Meetings in April to discuss upcoming rulemaking efforts. [April 7, 2017]

NCMA Government Affairs Call Monday, April 3 @ 11 AM

[Public Content] NCMA’s Government Affairs Committee has a conference call to discuss pending legislation every Monday at 11 AM when the North Carolina General Assembly is in session. The next call will be Monday, April 3 @ 11 AM. [March 31, 2017]

NCMA Safety Committee – April 4 Meeting Canceled – June Meeting Scheduled

[Public Content] The NCMA Safety Committee will not meet on April 4, as originally planned.  The next Safety Committee meeting will be held on June 6, 2017 at the Syngenta facility in Greenboro. Syngenta is a “Carolina Star” site. [March 31, 2017]

NC General Assembly Repeals HB 2

[Public Content] On March 30, 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly quickly voted to repeal House Bill 2.  Governor Cooper signed the bill into law the same day. [March 31, 2017]

This Week at the General Assembly March 27-31, 2017

By far, the most noteworthy action taken at the General Assembly the week of March 27-31, 2017 was the passage of HB 142, repealing HB 2. Here is a summary of other activities of interest to manufacturers. [March 31, 2017]

Exhibitor Registration Opens for 2017 EEHS School

[Public Content] Exhibitors at last year’s 2016 North Carolina Environmental, Energy, Health and Safety (EEHS) School are invited to renew their  exhibition space for the 2017 EEHS School being held August 7-8, 2017, at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. [March 31, 2017]

Legislative Update: New Draft of Comprehensive Energy Legislation for 2017

The energy stakeholders working group met briefly on March 23, 2017.  A new version of the comprehensive energy legislation – titled “Balanced Energy Solutions for North Carolina” – was handed out to work group members. See what is in the latest draft legislation. [March 24, 2017]

Tom Reeder Takes New Job as Policy Advisor to NC Senate Leade

[Public Content] Tom Reeder, former Assistant Secretary for the Environment in the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality under the McCrory administration, has taken a job as a policy advisor in NC Senate Leader Phil Berger’s office. [March 24, 2017]

Congress Votes to Revoke OSHA Recordkeeping Violations Rule

[Public Content] The United State Senate voted 50-48 to overturn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) “Volks rule”, which authorized the agency to extend its enforcement authority of recordkeeping violations from six months to five years. [March 24, 2017]

NCMA Has MOVED!

[Public Content] Due to the planned demolition and redevelopment of our existing office location on N. West Street, NCMA has MOVED. As of March 1, 2017 we have relocated our office to the North Hills area of Raleigh just north of downtown near the intersection of Six Fork Road and Interstate 440. Our address is 3901 Barrett Dr., Suite 103, Raleigh, NC, 27609. [March 24, 2017]

Note Change in April NCMA Committee Meeting Date

[Public Content] Due to scheduling conflicts the April meeting of NCMA committees will take place on April 27, beginning at 1:00 PM.  Please note this change on your calendar. [March 24, 2017]

Judge Finds CWA Liability for Dominion Power Coal Ash Leak

[Public Content] A federal district judge has found Dominion Virginia Power liable March 23, 2017 under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for allowing arsenic to leak from its coal ash impoundments into the nearby Elizabeth River. [March 17, 2017]

NCMA Adhoc Committee on Air Quality Rules – Conference Call Monday, March 20

The NCMA Ad hoc Committee on Air Quality rules will hold a conference call at 9:00 AM on Monday, March 20. As we have previously reported, DAQ is going through a review of its rules as required by House Bill 74.  The second group of rules include those found in 15 NCAC 2Q .0100, .0200, .0300, .0400, .0500, .0800, and .0900. {March 17, 2017]

An Update on Comprehensive Energy Legislation for 2017

The energy stakeholders working group met again this week to continue its deliberations on a host of energy-related provisions in hopes of rolling the agreed-upon provisions into a comprehensive energy bill.  Although the work of the group continues, there is still considerable disagreement among the stakeholders. [March 17, 2017]

North Carolina Begins Rulemaking to Delay Adoption of Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) voted March 9, to delay incorporating EPA’s new Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule into North Carolina’s regulations until at least March 2018.The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Waste Management, Hazardous Waste Section has proposed temporary rulemaking with the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings to amend 15A NCAC 13A .0101-.0102, .0106-.0113, .0118-.0119. [March 17, 2017]

Abraczinskas Named Director of Division of Air Quality

[Public Content] Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has named Mike Abraczinskas as the new Director of the Division of Air Quality. Abraczinskas has been serving as Deputy Director an Acting Director. [March 17, 2017]

EPA Stays the Effective Date of New Risk Management Plan (RMP) Rule

The EPA took a first step March 13, 2017 to unwind the Obama administration’s Risk Management Plan (RMP) Rule, by granting an industry petition to reconsider the regulation and issuing an order administratively delaying the rule 90 days from March 21, 2017 to June 19, 2017. [March 17, 2017]

NCMA Committee Meetings Thursday, March 16, 2017

NCMA’s Science & Technology (S&T) Committee and NCMA’s Government Affairs Committee will meet jointly on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 1PM.  Both committee meetings are open to any NCMA member or Business Partner who would like to attend and participate. [March 10, 2017]

Legislative Update: Still No Deal on Comprehensive Energy Legislation

Stakeholders continue to work on development of energy legislation for the 2017 legislative session that will increase energy costs. Here is a summary of the issues under consideration and the current status of the legislation. [March 10, 2017]

North Carolina to Delay Adoption of Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) voted March 9, to delay incorporating EPA’s new Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule into North Carolina’s regulations until at least March 2018. [March 10, 2017]

DEQ and EPA Hosting North Carolina Environmental Justice Workshop

[Public Content] EPA Region 4 Office of Environmental Justice and Sustainability (OEJS) and the West End Revitalization Association (WERA) are working in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) to host the North Carolina Community Solutions Workshop, March 24-25, 2017 in Mebane, NC. [March 10, 2017]

Don't Wait: Registration Opens for 2017 Hazardous Waste Compliance Workshops

[Public Content] Registration is now open for the 25th Annual Hazardous Waste Compliance Workshops co-sponsored by NCMA and the North Carolina Division of Waste Management (DWM). These Workshops fill quickly, so register early at: http://www.myncma.org/HW_Workshop/index.htm. [Feb. 17, 2017]

Next DAQ Stakeholder Meeting on Air Quality Rules Set for March 6

[Public Content] The next stakeholder meeting will address DAQ’s air permitting rules (15A NCAC 02Q) and is scheduled for March 6, 2017. [Feb. 17, 2017]

Clearwater Paper Corporation Announces Major Expansion at Shelby Facility

[Public Content] Clearwater Paper Corporation, an NCMA member company, announced plans Feb. 8, 2017 to build a new tissue machine and related converting equipment for producing premium and ultra-premium grades of private label tissue products at a site adjacent to the company's existing facility in Shelby, North Carolina. [Feb. 17, 2017]

Shurtape Technologies Expands Tape Business with Acquisition

[Public Content] Shurtape Technologies, LLC, an NCMA member company, announced Feb. 13, 2017 the acquisition of Syntac Coated Products, LLC, a designer and manufacturer of specialty adhesive coated products. [Feb. 17, 2017]

Registration Opens For 2017 Air Quality Compliance Workshops

[Public Content] The Workshops will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in Raleigh and Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in Hickory. Register today at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-north-carolina-air-quality-compliance-workshop-tickets-31515752464[Feb. 3, 2017]

Senators Outline Confirmation Process over Cooper's Objections

As the North Carolina Senate outlines the process and schedule for confirming Gov. Roy Cooper’s Cabinet nominees, the back-and-forth between the governor and the General Assembly over the legality of the confirmation requirement continues. [Feb. 3, 2017]

Cooper's Environmental Chief Faces Challenges beyond Senate Approval

[Public Content] Gov. Roy Cooper’s pick to lead North Carolinas environment department faces high public expectations but a potentially rocky path to confirmation by the state Senate, Bruce Henderson from The Charlotte Observer reported Jan. 26, 2017. [Feb. 3, 2017]

Michael S. Regan: Taking Action to Address Concerns Raised By EPA

[Public Content] As the new secretary of the state Department of Environmental Quality, I want our residents to understand we take seriously the concerns outlined in The News & Observer’s Jan. 18 news article “EPA faults N.C. over health of residents near hog farms,” Michael Regan wrote Jan 27, 2017 in a letter to the editor. [Feb. 3, 2017]

President Trump Signs Order Setting 'One In, Two Out' Mandate for New Regulations

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Jan. 30, 2017 directing EPA and other regulatory agencies to eliminate two existing rules for every one they enact, while also setting an overall “budget” for new regulatory costs each year. [Feb. 3, 2017]

Member Company Seeks a Safety and Process Engineer

[Public Content] An NCMA member company is seeking a Safety and Process Engineer with 1 – 3 years of experience in a manufacturing environment.  The company will consider recent graduates with strong educational background and related internships. [Feb. 3, 2017]

NC House Speaker Releases Committee Assignments for the 2017 Long Session

[Public Content] North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) released 2017 committee assignments on Jan. 25, 2017. See the complete list.  [Jan. 27, 2017]

What You Should Know about President Trump's Regulatory Freeze

On his first day in office, President Donald Trump issued a “regulatory freeze,” to halt new regulations and perhaps for the first time agency guidance documents in their tracks. [Jan. 27, 2017]

Following Through On White House Memo, EPA Freezes 30 Recent Rules

EPA has delayed implementation of 30 rules issued in the Obama administration between Oct. 28, 2016 and Jan. 17, 2017. [Jan. 27, 2017]

NCMA Forming Ad Hoc Working Group to Review Air Quality Rules

[Public Content] NCMA is forming an ad hoc group of members and business partners to review the air quality rules currently being re-adopted by the Division of Air Quality [Jan. 27, 2017]

What to Expect in Environmental Regulation for 2017

The inauguration of President Donald J. Trump on Jan. 20 began a period of change likely to impact all aspects of environmental regulation. What are the 14 environmental areas that should be on your radar? [Jan. 27, 2017]

NAM Report Shows There Are 297,696 US Regulations That Restrict Manufacturing

[Public Content] As the incoming Trump administration prepares to reform and roll back many misguided federal regulations, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has released a new study revealing the sheer number of business and operational hurdles that manufacturers face on a daily basis as a result of the nation’s current regulatory structure. [Jan. 27, 2017]

DEQ Submits Attainment Boundary Recommendations to EPA for New SO2 Standard

[Public Content] Acting Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Bill Ross send a letter to EPA Jan. 13, 2017, with the state’s recommendation concerning the boundaries of areas that either attain or do not attain the 2010 1-hour S02 Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). [Jan. 20, 2017]

EPA Faults N.C. Over Health Of Minority Communities Near Hog Farms

[Public Content] Two years into an investigation of the health problems affecting minority communities near large-scale hog operations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s civil rights office has written a stern “letter of concern” to state regulators, The News & Observer reported Jan. 18, 2017. [Jan. 20, 2017]

Van der Vaart Being Considered for Deputy EPA Chief

[Public Content] Inside EPA reported Jan. 20 that former North Carolina environment secretary Don van der Vaart is a leading candidate for deputy EPA administrator. [Jan. 20, 2017]

N.C. Commerce Secretary Skvarla Joins Raleigh Law Firm

[Public Content] Outgoing North Carolina Commerce Secretary John Skvarla has headed to the Raleigh office of roughly 200-lawyer Nexsen Pruet as senior government relations advisor. Skvarla also served as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality in the McCrory administration. [Jan. 20, 2017]

Five Takeaways from Pruitt's EPA Hearing

[Public Content] Democrats don’t have the votes to stop Scott Pruitt’s confirmation as EPA Administrator, but they signaled at his confirmation hearing that they will seek to damage him politically as much as possible. Here are five takeaways from his confirmation hearing according to TheHill.com. [Jan. 20, 2017]

NCMA Committee Meetings Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

NCMA’s Science & Technology (S&T) Committee and NCMA’s Government Affairs Committee will meet on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 at 1PM and 2:30 PM respectively. Both committee meetings are open to any NCMA member or Business Partner who would like to attend and participate. The agendas include... [Jan. 13, 2017]

DAQ Begins Stakeholder Process for Readopting All Existing Air Quality Rules

The North Carolina Division of Air Quality (DAQ) must readopt all 320 of its air quality rules by Dec. 2020. If you are interested in changing or eliminating any existing air quality rules, here is what you need to know. [Jan. 13, 2017]

NCMA Training Schedule Set for 2017

[Public Content] NCMA has set the schedule for all our annual training events. Please mark your calendars and check the home page of our website for registration information. [Jan. 13, 2017]

Register Today for the 2017 Water Quality Compliance Workshop

[Public Content] Join us for the 13th Annual North Carolina Water Quality Compliance Workshop on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Register TODAY at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-north-carolina-water-quality-compliance-workshop-tickets-29618052392[Jan. 13, 2017]

NCMA Safety Committee Meeting Schedule Set for 2017

[Public Content] NCMA's new Safety Committee will be meeting from 1 PM to 3PM on the first Tuesday of every other month in 2017 beginning in February. Please mark your calendars NOW for Feb. 7, April 4, June 6, August 1, Oct. 3 and Dec. 5. [Jan. 13, 2017]

ASTM Updates Phase I Standard for Assessing Forestland or Rural Property

On Jan. 3, 2017, ASTM International released an updated version of its Phase I environmental site assessment standard for assessing rural and forestland properties for potential releases of hazardous substances and petroleum products. NCMA Business Partner, McGuireWoods provides a summary of the update. [Jan. 13, 2017]

Cooper Names Former Business Execs to Head Commerce and Administration

[Public Content] Gov. Roy Cooper has named two area business executives, Tony Copeland and Machelle Sanders to head the Departments of Commerce and Administration. [Jan. 13, 2017]

OP-ED: Pruitt Will Bring Reasonable Regulatory Approach to EPA

[Public Content] Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection, will bring needed leadership that understands the constitutional limits of the agency. [Jan. 13, 2017]

NCMA Welcomes Newest Members – Clearwater Paper Corporation and ECS Carolinas, LLP

[Public Content] NCMA is pleased to announce that Clearwater Paper Corporation, which is located in Shelby, North Carolina, has joined the Alliance as a member and that ECS Carolina, an employee-owned consulting engineering firm, has joined the Alliance as a business partner. [Jan. 6, 2017]

Gov. Roy Cooper Appoints New Secretary of Environmental Quality

[Public Content] Gov. Roy Cooper has appointing Michael Regan as his Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality. Under a new law the General Assembly just passed, and Gov. McCrory signed into law, the state Senate must confirm Regan’s appointment. [Jan. 6, 2017]

DEQ Secretary Demotes Himself as New Cooper Administration Takes Over

[Public Content] N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Donald van der Vaart demoted himself and Chief Deputy John Evans to positions in the Division of Air Quality (DAQ) shortly before Roy Cooper took office as Governor on Jan. 1, 2017. [Jan. 6, 2017]

Environmental Management Commission Meetings Set for Jan. 11-12

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and four of its committees are currently scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, and Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. However, these meetings may be cancelled to allow the incoming Cooper administration time to review the agenda items. The list of items of potential interest to NCMA members includes... [Jan. 6, 2017]

2016 News Stories from The North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (NCMA)

McCrory Signs Bill Limiting Governor's Powers

[Public Content] Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 17 on Dec. 20, 2016. Among other items, the bill (1) decreases from 1500 to 425 the number of exempt positions the Governor may appoint to his the Cabinet departments and offices, (2) requires all of Cooper's top agency heads to be approved by the Senate, and (3) removes the Governor’s power to appoint trustees to the boards of UNC System schools. [Dec. 20, 2016]

OSHA Issues Final Rule Clarifying Ongoing Obligation to Maintain Records

[Public Content] The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule Dec. 19, 2016 that clarifies an employer's continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness. The final rule becomes effective Jan. 18, 2017. [Dec. 20, 2016]

North Carolina and 23 States Ask Trump for Quick Action against Clean Power Plan

[Public Content] Officials from 24 states, including North Carolina, asked President-elect Donald TrumpDec. 14, 2016 to take action on his first day in office against President Obama’s climate change rule for power plants. [Dec. 16, 2016]

Duke Energy Drops Rates for North Carolina Customers on Dec. 1

[Public Content] Industrial customers of Duke Energy Progress in North Carolina will see a 7 percent rate drop effective Dec. 1, 2016, the company announced Nov. 29. [Dec. 2, 2016]

DEQ Secretary Donald van der Vaart Asks Trump to Rein In EPA

[Public Content] DEQ Secretary Donald van der Vaart co-signed a letter Nov. 16, 2016 with agency leaders in four other states urging President- Elect Trump to pursue goals stated during his campaign to abandon Obama administration initiatives. [Dec. 2, 2016]

EPA Lists First 10 Workplan Chemicals under TSCA

[Public Content] The Environmental Protection Agency has released its list of 10 workplan chemicals -- including asbestos and trichloroethylene -- to be reviewed under Toxic Substances Control Act reform. [Dec. 2, 2016]

Overtime Regulation Halted in Federal Court

[Public Content] A U.S. District Court in Eastern Texas has blocked the implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rules, set to take effect December 1, 2016. [Dec. 2, 2016]

Election Summary – In Case You Missed It

[Public Content] There are many surprises in the results of this week’s general election. Some outcomes are still in question. Here is a summary. [Nov. 11, 2016]

e-DMR Workshop Set for Dec. 5: Space Limited, Register Today

[Public Content] NCMA and the Division of Water Resources (DWR) are co-sponsoring a half-day Electronic Discharge Monitoring Report (eDMR) Workshop on Monday, December 5, 2016 from 8 AM to 12 Noon at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh.  [Nov. 11, 2016]

Next DAQ Outside Involvement Committee Meeting Nov. 15

[Public Content] The Division of Air Quality’s (DAQ) Outside Involvement Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.  The meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in Room 1210, Green Square, 217 West Jones Street, Raleigh.  The meeting is open to all and can be accessed via webinar. [Nov. 11, 2016]

NCMA Committee Meetings Thursday, Nov. 17

NCMA’s Science & Technology (S&T) Committee and NCMA’s Government Affairs Committee will meet on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 1PM and 2:30 PM respectively. [Nov. 11, 2016]

You're Invited to Join NCMA's New Safety Committee Dec. 6

[Public Content] NCMA is starting-up a new Safety Committee for its members. The NCMA Safety Committee will hold its first meeting at 10:00 AM on December 6, 2016, at the NCMA office in Raleigh. [Nov. 4, 2016]

Environmental Management Commission Meetings Set for Nov. 9-10

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and two of its committees will meet Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, and Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. The list of items of potential interest to NCMA members includes... [Nov. 4, 2016]

DAQ to Convene Stakeholder Meeting Dec. 2 to Begin Re-adoption of All Air Quality Rules

[Public Content] The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will hold a stakeholder meeting on Dec. 2, 2016  at 9 AM to begin the process of re-adopting all air quality rules as required under S.L. 2013-413 (also referred to as H74).[Nov. 4, 2016]

Coal Ash Not the Source of Hexavalent Chromium Contaminant in Wells

[Public Content] Hexavalent chromium, a contaminant at the center of a months-long furor over coal ash and polluted wells, doesn’t come from coal ash after all according to a Duke University study published Oct. 26, 2016. [Oct. 28, 2016]

NCMA Nov. 17 S&T Committee Meeting to Focus on Vapor Intrusion

Representatives of the North Carolina Division of Waste Management (DWM) will be the special guests of NCMA’s Science & Technology (S&T) Committee Nov. 17 to discuss DWM’s proposed rulemaking on vapor intrusion standards. [Oct. 28, 2016]

Suit Alleges That Attorney General Roy Cooper Illegally Diverted Pollution Settlement Funds

[Public Content] The Civitas Center for Law and Freedom (CLF) filed suit Oct. 18, 2016 against Roy Cooper in his capacity as North Carolina Attorney General alleging that he illegally funneled money in a pollution violation settlement fund from schools to special interest environmental groups. [Oct. 21, 2016]

What Chemical Importers Need To Know About The New TSCA

Chemical companies interested in importing products into the US should have a firm understanding of the changes to the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) contained in the recently enacted Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA). [Oct. 21, 2016]

Duke Energy Will Remove and Recycle Coal Ash from Plant Near Salisbury

[Public Content] Duke Energy announced Oct. 5, 2016 that it plans to excavate and recycle more than 5 million tons of coal ash stored in ponds at its Buck power plant in Rowan County. Duke says the decision will allow it to settle a federal lawsuit over ash waste at the site. [Oct. 7, 2016]

NCMA's President's Report for 2016

[Public Content] NCMA President Preston Howard provides members with his annual “President’s Report” describing in details NCMA’s activities in 2016 and some changes you will see in 2017. [Sept. 30, 2016]

Fall Session of NCMA's Hazardous Waste Workshop for Generators Nov. 3

[Public Content] If you missed one of NCMA’s four sold-out Hazardous Waste Compliance Workshops this May or you have additional training needs, you can register for the Fall 2016 Session to be held Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Speedway Club at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. A late fee will apply after Oct. 15. We now accept all credit cards including American Express. [Sept. 30, 2016]

N.C. Utilities Commission Approves Duke Energy's Acquisition Of Piedmont Natural Gas

[Public Content] The North Carolina Utilities Commission approved Duke Energy’s acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas Sept. 29, 2016. The Commission’s action is the final regulatory approval needed to close the transaction.[Sept. 30, 2016]

Appeals Court Hears Challenge to EPA's Clean Power Plan

A 10-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments Sept. 27, 2016 over whether EPA’s Clean Power Plan Rule goes too far in trying to compel existing power plants to cut carbon-dioxide emissions. [Sept. 30, 2016]

CSB Releases Final Report on 2014 Mass Contamination of Charleston, WV Drinking Water

[Public Content] The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) issued its final report Sept. 28, 2016 on the 2014 mass contamination of Charleston, WV drinking water supply resulting from a chemical spill at an industrial facility.[Sept. 30, 2016]

EPA Finalizes Two Rules to Reduce Use and Emissions of HFCs

[Public Content] The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized two rules Sept. 26, 2016 that will reduce the projected growth and emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of chemicals commonly used in refrigeration and air conditioning. [Sept. 30, 2016]

Trump Picks EPA, Energy and Interior Transition Teams

Campaign sources reports that Donald Trump has selected a climate change skeptic to lead his U.S. EPA transition team and has also lined up leaders for his Energy Department and Interior Department teams. [Sept. 30, 2016]

Highlights from NCMA's 2016 Annual Meeting

[Public Content] NCMA’s 2016 Annual Meeting was held on Sept. 19-20, 2016 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in Wilmington, NC.  Thanks to all our members who attended and made the meeting such a success! Here is what you missed. [Sept. 23, 2016]

NCMA Members Identify Alliance's Priorities For 2017

During the business session at NCMA’s 2016 Annual Meeting, NCMA President Preston Howard announced the Initiatives of the Alliance for 2017, as identified by NCMA members through their annual issues ballot. [Sept. 23, 2016]

Report Card on the NCMA's 2016 Priorities

During the business session at NCMA’s Annual Meetings, NCMA’s staff traditionally reports on how we did in accomplishing the Alliances priorities for the previous year. Here is our 2016 Report Card. [Sept. 23, 2016]

Groundwater Seeps Containing Wastewater Constituents May Require an NPDES Permit

Litigation between Duke Energy and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) over the permitting of seeps from Duke Energy’s Riverbend facility may have larger implications for all NPDES permit holders, Jay Zimmerman, Director of the Division of Water Resources, told NCMA members at their Annual Meeting on Sept. 20, 2016. [Sept. 23, 2016]

DWM Developing Rule to Address Vapor Intrusion into Commercial/Industrial Buildings

Michael Scott, Director of the North Carolina Division of Waste Management (DWM), told NCMA members at their Annual Meeting on Sept. 20, 2016 that DWM would be undertaking a major rulemaking in 2017 to address vapor intrusion into buildings located on commercial and industrial sites with groundwater contamination. [Sept. 23, 2016]

EPA Retains Existing Lead NAAQS

[Public Content] EPA has issued a final rule retaining its existing lead (Pb) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) of 0.15 micrograms per cubic meter (ug/m3) for both the primary health-based standard and the secondary limit designed to protect the environment.[Sept. 23, 2016]

Environmental Management Commission Meetings Set for Sept. 7-8

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and three of its committees will meet Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, and Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. The list of items of potential interest to NCMA members include...[Sept. 2, 2016]

EPA and OSHA Civil Penalties Increased August 1

[Public Content] In an interim final rule that was effective on August 1, 2016, EPA and OSHA increased dramatically by as much as 150 percent the amounts that may be assessed for violation.  [August 26, 2016]

OSHA Fine Increases Draw Objection from North Carolina Dept. of Labor

North Carolina Department of Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry is balking at federal OSHA's insistence that the state increase OSHA fines in line with the federal government’s 78 percent boost that began Aug. 1. [August 26, 2016]

Reminder: Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Submissions due by Sept. 30, 2016

Manufacturers (including importers) subject to TSCA’s Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) requirements for 2016 must submit their data between June 1 and September 30, 2016. [August 26, 2016]

State Epidemiologist Resigns as Controversy Over Coal Ash "Do Not Drink" Letters Continues

[Public Content] The state's epidemiologist resigned her position August 10, accusing officials in the state's environmental and health agencies of misleading the public and pushing a "false narrative" about the health risks to well owners who live near coal ash storage ponds. [August 12, 2016]

DEQ OP-ED: State Enhances its Cleanup Efforts Using Risk-Based Cleanup

[Public Content] Michael Scott, Director of DEQ’s Division of Waste Management, describes in an August 10, 2016 OP-ED article how the state is cleaning up more contaminated property across North Carolina using a new law that NCMA advocated to expand the risk-based cleanup approach. [August 12, 2016]

NCMA Member Company In Search of Safety Leader

[Public Content] Corning Inc., an NCMA member company, is looking for a Safety Leader for its Wilmington NC location. [August 12, 2016]

CAPCA Fall Conference Oct.12-14

[Public Content] The Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association (CAPCA) will hold its annual Fall Conference Oct. 12–14, 2016, at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort, Myrtle Beach, S.C. For more information go to: http://capca-carolinas.org/conferences/2016-fall/. [August 12, 2016]

Legislators and Governor Agree on Compromise Coal Ash Management Bill

State legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration have agreed on language in a new coal ash bill that will avoid a late-in-session override of the governor’s veto. [June 30, 2016]

Bill Reinstates State Mining and Oil and Gas Commissions

State legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration have agreed on language in a new coal ash bill that reestablishes two commissions that the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled had been unconstitutionally constituted. [June 30, 2016]

President Signs TSCA Reform Into Law

On June 22, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The law reauthorizes the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and overhauls the way the federal government regulates every chemical sold on the market in the United States. The new law is considered to be the most sweeping environmental measure to be enacted in a quarter-century. [June 30, 2016]

NC Air Permit Exemption Streamlining Rules Become Effective

Final air quality permit exemption streamlining rules adopted by the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) in January 2016 and approved by the Rules Review Commission in February 2016 have completed legislative review became effective June 13, 2016. [June 30, 2016]

Governor Vetoes Coal Ash Bill: Override Now Appears Unlikely

[Public Content] As expected, Governor McCrory vetoed a bill (Senate Bill 71) that would have reconstituted the Coal Ash Management. However, an anticipated legislative override of the Governor’s veto now appears unlikely. [June 10, 2016]

This Week at the General Assembly – June 6 to June 10, 2016

This week saw the House vote not to concur with changes made to HB 1030 – 2016 Appropriations Act (more commonly known as the budget bill).  Also, the House revealed its bill on regulatory reform.  And as expected, Governor McCrory vetoed SB 71, the bill that among other things re-established the Coal Ash Management Commission. [June 10, 2016]

SAVE THE DATE: 2016 NCMA Annual Meeting September 19-20

[Public Content] Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend the 2016 NCMA Annual Meeting, which will be held on September 19 and 20 at the Hilton Hotel on the banks of the Cape Fear River in historic downtown Wilmington. [June 10, 2016]

Congress Enacts Sweeping Overhaul to Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

The US Senate passed legislation June 7, 2016 that will overhaul the way the federal government regulates every chemical sold on the market in the United States. [June 10, 2016]

This Week at the General Assembly – May 30 to June 3, 2016

This week saw the Senate pass its version of the budget (House Bill 1030). The House is expected to vote not to concur with the Senate’s budget proposal, sending the measure to a conference committee. The week also saw passage of SB 71, a bill that re-constitutes three state commissions, and movement on the session’s regulatory reform bill (House Bill 169). [June 3, 2016]

ALJ Rules that Notices of Violation (NOV) Are Appealable

A NC Administrative Law Judge has ruled that a company that faces corrective action costs and other business harm as a result of a Notice of Violation (NOV), may appeal that NOV even though the agency has not assessed a penalty or pursued any other enforcement action. [June 3, 2016]

State Backs Off Requiring Study of Air Emissions as Condition of Water Permit

After years of fighting over whether the state could regulate air emissions under water pollution laws, North Carolina environmental regulators apparently have reversed course. [June 3, 2016]

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Property Owners Can Challenge Wetland Determination

The United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a landowner can appeal through the federal court system a determination from the Army Corps of Engineers that a water body is subject to federal jurisdiction and permit requirements under the Clean Water Act. [June 3, 2016]

NCMA Welcomes Newest Member – Speedball Art Products Company

[Public Content] NCMA is pleased to announce that Speedball Art Products Company, which is located in Salisbury, North Carolina, has joined the Alliance.  Please join NCMA staff in welcoming Speedball Art Products Company to the Alliance.  [May 20, 2016]

This Week at the General Assembly – May 16 -20, 2016

The big news at the General Assembly this week was the passage of the House Appropriations Bill (HB 1030 – 2016 Appropriations Act), in a bi-partisan vote that saw 30 Democrats join 100 percent of the Republican caucus in support of the bill.  But there was even bigger news for North Carolina manufacturers this week.  Read on to find out what that was.  [May 20, 2016]

DEQ Risk Classification Would Require ALL Coal Ash to be Moved to Lined Containment

On May 18, 2016 the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued its determinations on the level of risk posed by 25 coal ash impoundments in North Carolina. DEQ’s announcement caught many observers by surprise. [May 20, 2016]

Democrats, NC Coal Ash Pond Neighbors Call For Probe of Do-Not-Drink Letters

[Public Content] Leaders of the Democratic minorities in the North Carolina House and Senate called for an investigation of the state health agency’s decision to revoke its do-not-drink warning for private drinking water wells near Duke Energy coal ash ponds, The News & Observer reported May 19, 2016.  [May 20, 2016]

House and Senate Agree on TSCA Reform Bill

After months of heated bicameral negotiations, lawmakers announced May 19, 2016 that they have effectively reached an agreement that would broadly overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the first time since it was enacted in 1976.  [May 20, 2016]

Entire D.C. Circuit To Hear Clean Power Plan Cases

The US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit announced May 16, 2016 that it was revising the process for hearing the legal challenges to the Clean Power Plan (CPP) by scheduling oral arguments before the entire court (en banc) on September 27. [May 20, 2016]

This Week at the North Carolina General Assembly – May 9-13, 2016

As appropriation subcommittees made ready their portions of the budget bill, several new bills were introduced this week, including one (1) very important tax bill.  The bill contains a broad array of tax code changes, all of which are apparently targeted at increasing economic development across North Carolina .Here is a summary.  [May 13, 2016]

Legislature Adopts Revenue Law Changes: More on The Way?

It took the General Assembly just nine days to adopt revenue law changes recommended by the Revenue Laws Study Committee including one change of special interest to manufacturers. A second revenue bill is being developed which may adversely impact the current tax on the purchase of industrial machinery and equipment.  [May 6, 2016]

Environmental Management Commission Meetings Set for May 11 and 12

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and four of its committees will meet Wednesday, May 11, 2016, and Thursday, May12, 2016. The list of items of potential interest to NCMA members include...  [May 6, 2016]

DEQ Calls for Lifting State Ban on Placing Electronics in Landfills

Tom Reeder, assistant secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), told the N.C. Environmental Review Commission April 14, 2016 that the state should lift the existing ban on landfilling electronic waste. The Commission was skeptical of the recommendation. [April 22, 2016]

EPA Issues Fix for Mercury and Toxic Rule after Supreme Court Loss

[Public Content] The Obama administration moved April 15, 2016 to repair a problem with the mercury and air toxic rule for power plants that the Supreme Court said last year was improperly issued. [April 22, 2016]

Environmental Review Commission Endorses Controversial Flame Retardant Legislation

At its meeting on April 13, 2016, the Environmental Review Commission (ERC) gave its approval to a controversial bill concerning flame retardants. The ERC’s action clears the way for the bill to be introduced during the short session which convenes on April 25, 2016.   [April 15, 2016]

DWR Requesting New Effluent Hardness Monitoring for Metals in NPDES Permits

The North Carolina Division of Water Resources (DWR) recommended April 8, 2016, that facilities with NPDES wastewater permits begin effluent monitoring for hardness to implement new freshwater water quality standards for metals recently approved by US EPA. [April 15, 2016]

DEQ Firing Legal Staff from Attorney General's Office

North Carolina’s Department Of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is firing attorneys provided to it by the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office. The Department, like other state agencies, has lawyers and support staff from the state Department of Justice assigned to it and paid for by DEQ. DEQ says it intends to use its own staff attorneys. [April 15, 2016]

State Changes Advisory on Hexavalent Chromium In Wells Near Coal Ash Sites

In May 2015, state officials told residents living near some coal ash sites that their private well water was unsafe to use because it contained high levels of hexavalent chromium. Now, they are informing residents by mail that the water is actually "as safe to drink as water in most cities and towns across the state and country." [April 15, 2016]

DEQ Releases Study on Regulatory Relief from the Impacts of Riparian Buffer Rules

On April 1, 2016, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) provided the Environmental Review Commission (ERC) of the North Carolina General Assembly with the Department’s “Study on Regulatory Relief from the Impacts of Riparian Buffer Rules”. [April 15, 2016]

Newspaper: NC Environmental Agency Seeks Records from UNC Professors

[Public Content] The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is asking UNC-Chapel Hill to turn over extensive records after some UNC professors sided against the agency in a lawsuit by environmentalists, The News & Observer reported April 13, 2016. [April 15, 2016]

Newspaper: Report Critical Of Jordan Lake SolarBees Project Disappears

[Public Content] Some environmentalists fear state officials are suppressing information about efforts to clean Jordan Lake after the state Department of Environmental Quality published and then retracted a report critical of the “SolarBees,” water-churning devices designed to reduce the impact of algae in the lake, The News & Observer reported April 13, 2016. [April 15, 2016]

NCMA Submits Comments on DWM's Draft Risk-Based Remediation Guidance

[Public Content] On March 25, 2016, NCMA submitted comments summarizing the Alliance’s concerns with two Division of Waste Management draft documents related to its implementation of the risk-based remediation legislation adopted during last year’s legislative session.  [April 1, 2016]

North Carolina Sues EPA Over Failure to Act on Petition Against State

[Public Content] The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) filed a complaint March 30, 2016 against federal environmental officials for failing to act on a petition that blamed North Carolina for contributing to air quality problems in the Northeastern United States. [April 1, 2016]

Important Information about Tier II Reporting Fees In North Carolina

[Public Content] The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management (NCEM) is warning facilities reporting EPCRA Tier II information about fraudulent phone calls demanding payment of fees.  [April 1, 2016]

Governor Disbands Coal Ash Commission

[Public Content] Gov. Pat McCrory has informed the Coal Ash Management Commission that as a result of the recent North Carolina Supreme Court's decision finding the creation of the Commission unconstitutional, that the Commission no longer exists as a legal entity and does not have any legal authority to take any further action.  [March 18, 2016]

Division of Waste Management Issues Draft Risk-Based Remediation Guidance

The Division of Waste Management (DWM) has released a draft of two documents related to its implementation of the risk-based remediation legislation adopted during last year’s legislative session.  NCMA is soliciting comments on the draft documents from its member companies.  [March 11, 2016]

Revenue Laws Study Committee Considers Machinery and Equipment Tax

On March 8, 2016, the Revenue Laws Committee held its third meeting of 2016. This is an important standing committee of the General Assembly through which many of the tax-related issues that are later considered by the General Assembly are discussed and assessed. Among the agenda items was a discussion about the mill machinery and equipment tax.  [March 11, 2016]

Air Quality Committee Approves Draft SSM Rules

The Air Quality Committee of the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) on March 9, 2016 approved draft revisions to North Carolina’s current Startup, Shutdown, Malfunction (SSM) rules.The draft rules will now go the full EMC in May for approval to go to public hearings. NCMA’s staff and “SSM Working Group” have worked extensively with DAQ on the draft rules and believe that the draft rules will give sources the most flexibility in handling SSM issues.  [March 11, 2016]

Environmental Management Commission Meetings Set for March 9-10

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and three of its committees will meet Wednesday, March 9, 2016, and Thursday, March 10, 2016. The list of items of potential interest to North Carolina manufacturers include... [March 4, 2016]

Supreme Court Denies Bid for Utility MACT Stay

[Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on March 3, 2016, denied a request by 20 states to immediately stay implementation of EPA's power plant maximum achievable control technology (MACT) air toxics rule. [March 4, 2016]

NCMA Welcomes New Business Partner – The EI Group, Inc.

The NCMA Board of Directors welcomes The EI Group, Inc. as our newest Business Partner. EI is an environmental, health and safety consulting firm headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, with branch offices in five (5) other states across the southeast.  [Feb. 26, 2016]

EMC Adopts Changes to Groundwater Compliance Boundary Rules

The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission (EMC) voted on Feb. 16, 2016 to approve proposed amendments to the compliance boundary requirements contained in its groundwater rules.  NCMA supported the amendments. [Feb. 26, 2016]

Risk Management Program 112(r) Inspection Checklist Available

North Carolina Division of Air Quality's (DAQ's) “112(r) Inspection Checklist” is available to our members. [Feb. 26, 2016]

EPA Proposes Amendments to 112(r) Risk Management Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed Feb 25, 2016 to amend the Accidental Release Prevention Requirements of Risk Management Programs (RMP) under the Clean Air Act, Section 112(r)(7). [Feb. 26, 2016]

What Sources Will Be Newly Exempt From Air Permitting in 2016?

[Public Content] Find out that and much more at the 2016 North Carolina Air Quality Compliance Workshops co-sponsored by the North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (NCMA) and the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (DAQ). For additional information and to register for either 2016 Air Compliance Quality Workshops go to our web site at: http://www.myncma.org/AQ_Workshop/index.htm. [Feb. 26, 2016]

Sixth Circuit Decides to Hear Clean Water Rule Challenges

Challenges to a rule clarifying the regulatory reach of the Clean Water Act will be heard by a federal appeals court under a ruling delivered Feb. 22, 2016 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In the meantime the nationwide stay of the rule remains in effect. [Feb. 26, 2016]

US Supreme Court Take Extraordinary Action to Block Implementation of Clean Power Plan

The US Supreme Court, in a divided order issued Feb. 9, 2016, blocked a key EPA rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, siding with states and industry groups that wanted the regulation delayed while they challenge its legality. [Feb. 12, 2016]

North Carolina Will Suspend Further Work on Clean Power Plan Rule

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced Feb. 10, 2016, that In light of the U.S. Supreme Courts recent decision to block the Obama administrations federal Clean Power Plan, the state will not pursue further rule development until completion of its legal challenge. [Feb. 12, 2016]

DEQ to Unveil New Website Next Week

If all goes well, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will unveil its new website next week. [Feb. 12, 2016]

NC Supreme Court Decision Could Result in Continuing Litigation over Validity of Key Boards & Commissions

The North Carolina Supreme Court’s recent opinion in McCrory v Berger creates a vague, loosely defined test as to what constitutes a valid legislative appointment which will undoubtedly generate litigation for years to come, according to the attorney who represented numerous industry and trade associations (including NCMA) in an amicus brief in the case. [Feb. 12, 2016]

Governor McCrory Names Allen Next Chairman of the N.C. Industrial Commission

[Public File] Governor Pat McCrory has designated Charlton L. Allen of Iredell County as the next Chairman of the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Allen will succeed current Industrial Commission Chairman Andrew T. Heath, who became State Budget Director effective Feb. 1, 2016. [Feb. 5, 2016]

OP-ED: On Anniversary of Coal Ash Spill, NC Officials Flip-Flopping On Risk Assessments

[Public File] This week marks the second anniversary of Duke Energy’s coal ash contaminated water spilling into the Dan River. The obstruction and foot-dragging by DEQ in cleaning up polluting coal ash sites are shocking according to a Feb. 2, 2016 OP-ED by Derb Carter director of the Southern Environmental Law Center’s North Carolina offices. [Feb. 5, 2016]

DEQ: Governor McCrory Makes North Carolina a National Leader In Coal Ash Regulation

[Public File] Governor Pat McCrory has made North Carolina a national leader in coal ash regulation and cleanup since Duke Energy’s Dan River coal ash spill two years ago today, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality said in a Feb. 2, 2016 Press Release. [Feb. 5, 2016]

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx Visits Shurtape's Stony Point Manufacturing Facility

[Public File] On Tuesday, Jan.19, 2016, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx visited Shurtape Technologies, LLC’s duct tape manufacturing facility in Stony Point, N.C., to learn more about what the Company does in her district, particularly in Alexander County. Shurtape Technologies is an NCMA member company. [Feb. 5, 2016]

Judge Denies Appeal of Ruling That Groundwater Can Be Regulated Under Clean Water Act

A federal judge in Winston-Salem has cleared the way for an enforcement hearing against Duke Energy over groundwater pollution from coal-ash ponds at the Buck Steam Station by denying Duke’s motion to immediate appeal a pre-trial ruling concerning the scope of the Clean Water Act. The case is Yadkin Riverkeeper et al Duke Energy. [Feb. 5, 2016]

NC Supreme Court Rules Legislative Appointments to Coal Ash Commission Unconstitutional

The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled Jan. 29. 2016 that legislation that authorizes the General Assembly to appoint a majority of the voting  members of three specific administrative commissions, including the Coal Ash Commission, violates the separation of powers clause of the State Constitution. The Court, however, refrained from adopting a categorical rule that would resolve every separation of powers challenge to legislative appointments to other boards and commissions. [Jan. 29, 2016]

Steve Rowlan to Chair N.C. Environmental Management Commission

Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed Nucor engineer Steve Rowlan as chairman of the Environmental Management Commission (EMC). The EMC is also changing its leadership rules. [Jan. 29, 2016]

NC Energy Policy Council Votes on 2016 Energy Policy Recommendations

The North Carolina Energy Policy Council (EPC) met on January 27, 2016 to consider a number of recommendations offered by its working committees.  Most of the recommendations were received and accepted with little or no discussion. However, two recommendations proved to be controversial. [Jan. 29, 2016]

Court Won't Block Clean Power Plan Rule During Litigation: NC Appealing

A federal Court of Appeals has denied a request to put a judicial stay on EPA’s Clean Power Plan, saying the challengers didn’t show that the stay is needed while the merits of of the case are decided. North Carolina has appealed the order to the U.S. Supreme Court. [Jan. 29, 2016]

US Supreme Court Upholds "Demand Response" Electricity Markets Rule

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a major Obama administration electricity markets regulation Jan. 25, 2016, aimed at encouraging efficiency in the market by having grid operators pay large users to reduce consumption at peak times. [Jan. 29, 2016]

Duke Energy Advisory Board: Most Coal-Ash Ponds Should Be Left in Place

Duke Energy’s National Ash Management Advisory Board says computer models of groundwater contamination show drying and capping the company’s 32 coal ponds in place is the best environmental option for closing them, The Triangle Business Journal reports. [Jan. 29, 2016]

Clean Water Act: A Report on the Outlook for 2016

There are several significant regulatory and legal actions involving water issues that are expected to unfold in 2016. Each has the potential to significantly impact the regulated community and all bear watching in 2016. NCMA Business Partner McGuireWoods has prepared a brief summary for our members. [Jan. 29, 2016]

Legislative Committee Considering Changes to the Way Piped Natural Gas Consumed by Manufacturers is Taxed

This week the NCGA Revenue Laws Study Committee released a draft bill that includes a multitude of changes to North Carolina’s tax laws including changes that manufacturers who use natural gas for “comfort heating” at sites should know about. [Jan. 15, 2016]

DEQ Updates Legislature on Status of Coal Ash Cleanup: Groundwater Standards An Issue

Over 400 groundwater wells near ash sites that have received “do not drink” recommendations from DHHS are likely to contain similar levels of hexavalent chromium and vanadium as most of North Carolina city water, DEQ tells Legislative Committee. [Jan.15, 2016]

DEQ Frustrated With on EPA Inaction on Coal Ash Water Permits

EPA is dragging its feet on everything from civil action against Duke Energy for surface water pollution to approving the federal permits required for Duke to complete dewatering of its four high-risk coal ash ponds. [Jan. 15, 2016]

DEQ Secretary Says EPA Is Wrong In Suggesting NC Citizens Can't Challenge Environmental Permits

In a letter to EPA, Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart told the federal agency that it was wrong in its suggestion that citizen groups cannot challenge in court environmental permits issued by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). [Jan. 15, 2016]

Summaries of Substantive Legislation Passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2015

The Research Division of the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) has published, by subject area, summaries of the final edition of all substantive legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2015. [Jan. 15, 2016]

Environmental Management Commission Meetings Set for Jan. 13-14

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and five of its committees will meet Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, and Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. The list of items of potential interest to NCMA members include...[Jan. 8, 2016]

Upcoming NCGA Legislative Meetings Set for Jan. 12 -13

Committees and Commissions of the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) are hard at work in the new year, with various meetings throughout the month of January and beyond already scheduled.  Here are two meetings that NCMA staff will be monitoring next week. [Jan. 8, 2016]

DEQ Releases Draft Proposed Coal Ash Impoundment Classifications

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released its draft proposed classifications for Duke Energy’s 32 coal ash impoundments in North Carolina Dec. 31, 2015. Duke Energy has estimated the costs of closing all 32 ponds in North Carolina at $3.4 billion, which it would pass on to customers in the form of higher electricity rates. [Jan. 8, 2016]

Meeting Between Governor and Top Duke Energy Officials Draws Attention

While in the midst of pressing legal action against and issuing news releases critical of the nation's largest utility, top North Carolina state officials met for a private dinner at the Executive Mansion with Duke executives. [Jan. 8, 2016]

 

2015 News Stories from The North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (NCMA)

EMC Hears Opposition to DEQ's Clean Power Plan at Public Hearing

Speakers at public hearings Dec. 16-17, 2015 blasted what they say is North Carolina’s meager strategy to do the minimum under EPA’s Clean Power Plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions from the state’s power plants. [Dec. 18, 2015]

Most Duke Energy Ash Ponds Are High-Risk, Leaked Draft Report Says

Nearly all of Duke Energy’s 32 coal ash ponds in North Carolina are classified as of high or intermediate risk in a draft state summary leaked by an environmental advocacy group. [Dec. 18, 2015]

DEQ Names Jenny Kelvington Executive Director for Energy

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced Dec. 17, 2015 that Jenny Kelvington has been named Executive Director for DEQ's newly formed Energy Group, which is responsible for developing policy that protects the environment and promotes clean, reliable and affordable energy resources. [Dec. 18, 2015]

Appeals Court Leaves EPA Mercury Pollution Rule in Effect While EPA Considers Costs

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an order Dec. 15, 2015 sending EPA's mercury rule back to the agency for consideration of costs without overturning the rule. [Dec. 18, 2015]

US Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Wetlands Jurisdiction Case

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Dec. 11, 2015 to review whether a Clean Water Act jurisdictional determination issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a tract of wetlands is a final agency action that is subject to judicial review. [Dec. 18, 2015]

Division of Air Quality Updates Permit Fees for 2016

On Dec. 8, 2015, the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (DAQ) published its permit and application fee schedule for Calendar Year 2016. DAQ increased the Title V fees by the Consumer Price Index (0.45141 %). [Dec. 11, 2015]

DEQ Responds To Criticism of Proposed Streamline Air Permitting Rule

Public Content On Dec. 3, 2015, DEQ issued a statement responding to what the DEQ said was SELC’s “fundamental misunderstanding of the law and regulations”. [Dec. 11, 2015]

DEQ Submits Voluntary Internal Environmental Audit Program to EPA for Approval

On Nov. 20, 2015, the North Carolina Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ) submitted its request to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval to establish an Environmental Audit Privilege and Limited Immunity Program. [Dec. 11, 2015]

EPA Launches New eDisclosure Site for Self-Reporting Environmental Violations Launched

The federal EPA announced Dec. 9, 2015 an online system for companies to self-disclose environmental violations and resolve some routine issues automatically without penalties. [Dec. 11, 2015]

Former DENR Employees Plan Newspaper Startup

Former N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) officials under former Secretary John Skvarla have announced plans to launch a new statewide newspaper. [Dec. 11, 2015]

NC Utilities Commission Approves Electricity Discounts for Industrial Customers

The N.C. Utilities Commission has approved a special discount on electric bills for certain industrial power users. [Dec. 11, 2015]

NCMA Welcomes Eaton Corp. as Its Newest Member

On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, the NCMA Board of Directors approved the application for membership submitted by Eaton Corporation.  Please join the NCMA Board and staff in welcoming Eaton as the newest member of the Alliance. [Nov. 20, 2015]

New State SSM Rule on Fast Track: NCMA Needs YOUR Input by Dec. 1

The Division of Air Quality’s is on a fast track to have its new Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction (SSM) Rule in draft form by early December. NCMA is preparing comments and suggestions on what should be included in the draft rule. NCMA members concerned need to act by Dec. 1. [Nov. 20, 2015]

EPA Warns DEQ That It Risks Federal Takeover of Permitting Programs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has put state officials on notice that North Carolina’s alleged tactic of blocking citizens from challenging state permits for industrial polluters is putting the state at risk of losing its authority to regulate industrial water pollution and air pollution. [Nov. 20, 2015]

DEQ Disputes EPA Claim That State's Permit Appeal Process Is Flawed

Public Content The North Carolina DEQ released a statement Nov. 17, 2015 responding to EPA's allegations that the Department was blocking citizens from challenging state permits for industrial polluters and that this could result in a federal takeover of the state’s regulatory program. [Nov. 20, 2015]

DEQ Takes Action to Hold EPA Accountable Under Clean Air Act

Public Content The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) said Nov. 18, 2015 that it is taking legal actions to hold the federal Environmental Protection Agency accountable for its failure to perform its duties as prescribed by the Clean Air Act. [Nov. 20, 2015]

Hager, Millis Will Keep Fighting NC Renewable Mandates

Two prominent state lawmakers say they will press vigorously for freezing or reducing state mandates to use more renewable energy when the General Assembly returns for the 2016 short session, The Carolina Journal reported Nov. 17, 2015. [Nov. 20, 2015]

NC's New Ranking on Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index

North Carolina went from being 44th on the State Business Tax Climate Index to being on the right path to becoming a top ten state thanks to the tax reform legislation passed in recent years. [Nov. 20, 2015]

Newspaper: Four Part Report on Water Supply Challenges Across the Carolinas

Carolina native Bruce Henderson, who has covered environmental issues for the Charlotte Observer for 20 years, spent months researching water-supply challenges across the Carolinas. The paper published his four-part report this week. [Nov. 20, 2015]

DAQ Will Address EPA's Objection to State's SSM Rule With New Work Practice Rule

DAQ will respond to EPA’s objections to the state’s current Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction (SSM) Rule with a new generic “work practices” rule for startups and shutdowns. [Nov. 13, 2015]

EPA's Proposes Major Modifications to Refrigerant Management Requirements

EPA proposal to amend the Clean Air Act's refrigerant management program regulations may significantly impact owners of industrial refrigerant equipment.  [Nov. 13, 2015]

Newspaper: Coal Ash Troubles Were Ignored For Decades in NC

Public Content The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s decision to settle a $25.1 million fine against Duke Energy for $7 million triggered a war of words between the state agency and environmental advocates, The News and Observer reported Nov. 8, 2015. [Nov. 13, 2015]

EPA Finalizes Reconsideration of Boiler MACT

After reconsideration of three provisions, EPA issued final revisions Nov. 5, 2015 to a rule affecting the air toxic standards that limit air pollutant emissions from large boilers and process heaters (“Boiler MACT”). [Nov. 13, 2015]

EMC Votes to Send NC DEQ's Proposed Clean Power Plan to Public Hearing

On Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) voted to move forward with rule-making in response to EPA’s recently promulgated Clean Power Plan regulations.  Final EMC action on the Plan is expected early next year. [Nov. 6, 2015]

Nucor's Steve Rowlan Appointed to Environmental Management Commission

Governor McCrory has appointed Nucor’s Steve Rowlan to a four year term on the Environmental Management Commission.  Rowlan was sworn in on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. [Nov. 6, 2015]

NC DEQ Releases Video on Regulatory Reform Act Of 2015

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) released a video Nov. 3, 2015 to address “misinformation” about the Regulatory Reform Act of 2015 (HB765, S.L. 2015-286). [Nov. 6, 2015]

NC DEQ Rescinds Old Enforcement Policy for Self-Reported Violations

NC DEQ announced Oct. 23, 2015 that it has rescinded its 1995 Enforcement Policy on Self-Reported Violations and instead will rely on the newly enacted environmental self-audit privilege and limited statutory immunity provisions of the Regulatory Reform Act of 2015. [Nov. 6, 2015]

NC DEQ Urges EPA to Allow Legal Review Of The Clean Power Plan

Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality NC DEQ) was joined Nov. 3, 2015 by the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in asking federal regulators to allow a fair judicial review of the Clean Power Plan. [Nov. 6, 2015]

Newspaper: NC's New Environmental Regulator Is Polarizing Figure

Donald van der Vaart , plucked out of obscurity in January and put in charge of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, has wasted no time in promoting his conservative brand of environmentalism, The News and Observer wrote Oct. 31, 2015. [Nov. 6, 2015]

Duke Energy Creates New Plan for Western Carolinas Modernization Project

Duke Energy announced Nov. 3, 2015 that it has created a new plan for its proposed infrastructure upgrade for the Western Carolinas. [Nov. 6, 2015]

Environmental Management Commission Meetings Set for Nov. 4-5

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and four of its committees will meet Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, and Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. The list of items of potential interest to North Carolina Manufacturers include... [Oct.30, 2015]

North Carolina Joins 25 States in Challenging EPA's Final Clean Power Plan

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ), along with attorneys general from 25 other states, filed lawsuits Oct. 23, 2015 challenging the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” final regulations published in the Federal Register the same day. [Oct.30, 2015]

EPA Offers Guidance on "Simple' Process" For State Clean Power Plan Extensions

The EPA has released a memorandum to regional EPA directors on what states must include in their initial Clean Power Plan submittal with the agency next September if they want an extension to submit a final state plan in 2018. [Oct.30, 2015]

Gov. McCrory Signs Regulatory Reform Bill into Law

Gov. Pat McCrory signed the Regulatory Reform Bill (HB 765) into law Oct. 23, 2015, despite a last-minute lobbying push from environmentalists who wanted him to veto the legislation. [Oct.30, 2015]

NC DWR Issues Necessary Water Quality Certification for Continued Operation of Alcoa Dams

The N.C. Division of Water Resources (DWR) issued Oct 23, 2015, the Water Quality Certification requested by Alcoa Power Generating Inc for continued operation of the hydroelectric dams on the Yadkin River. [Oct.30, 2015]

State Ending Battle With Alcoa?

A nearly eight-year-long legal battle between the state of North Carolina and Alcoa Power Generating Inc. over four hydroelectric dams the company owns and operates on the Yadkin River may be coming to an end , The Carolina Journal reported Oct. 26, 2015. [Oct.30, 2015]

Duke Energy To Buy Piedmont Natural Gas For $4.9 Billion

Public Content Duke Energy announced Oct. 26, 2015, that it plans to buy Piedmont Natural Gas for approximately $4.9 billion in cash, a deal that is expected to be complete by the end of 2016. [Oct.30, 2015]

Federal Judge Rules In Favor Of Environmental Groups in Duke Energy Coal Ash Case

In an Oct. 20, 2015 ruling, a federal district court judge rejected Duke Energy’s motion to dismiss or delay a lawsuit filed by environmental groups under the federal Clean Water Act that seeks cleanup of leaking coal ash at Duke Energy’s Buck facility near the Yadkin River. [Oct.23, 2015]

State and Developers Concerned about Scope of EPA's New Clean Water Rule

Local developers are holding their breath as courts examining EPA’s controversial federal Environmental Clean Water Rule defining “Waters of the United States,” the Wilmington’s Star-News reported Oct. 22, 2015. [Oct.23, 2015]

Op-Ed from NC DEQ: Perdue Administration, Not McCrory's, Went Light On Duke Energy

Public Content The following op-ed by Tom Reeder, Assistant Secretary for the Environment at DEQ, ran in the Charlotte Observer on Friday, October 16, 2015. [Oct.23, 2015]

EPA Tells States: Develop Clean Power Plans - Extensions Not a 'Heavy Lift'

The Environmental Protection Agency has intentionally set a very low bar for states seeking a two-year extension to submit plans to implement the Clean Power Plan, the agency’s top air pollution official told the Environmental Council of States, BNA reported Oct. 21, 2015. [Oct.23, 2015]

Groups Challenge Duke Energy/NC DEQ Groundwater Contamination Settlement

Environmental groups have asked a state Superior Court judge to overturn approval of a $7 million settlement between Duke Energy and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) over groundwater contamination from coal ash. [Oct.16, 2015]

Court Blocks EPA's Clean Water Rule Nationwide

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled Oct. 9, 2015 that the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) rule redefining “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) cannot be enforced nationwide. [Oct. 16, 2015]

Legislature Adopts Risk-Based Remediation Amendments Sought by NCMA

Public Content The NC General Assembly gave final approval Sept. 30, 2015 to legislation amending the state’s current risk-based remediation statutes. These reforms, advocated by NCMA as a top-tier reform priority for manufacturers in the 2015 Session, will make significantly more sites potentially eligible for risk-based remediation. [Oct. 9, 2015]

Regulatory Reform Act Creates Environmental Self-Audit Privilege and Limited Statutory Immunity

Public Content The NC General Assembly gave final approval Sept. 30, 2015 to legislation, first proposed by NCMA, that creates a new legal privilege shielding environmental audits and grants statutory immunity from civil penalties for many self-reported violations. [Oct. 9, 2015]

Regulatory Reform Act of 2015 Addresses Several Environmental Issues

In the closing hours of its 2015 session on Sept. 30, 2015, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the “The Regulatory Reform Bill of 2015” containing several environmental provisions that may directly impact North Carolina manufacturers. [Oct. 9, 2015]

New NC Law Bars Local Fracking Regulations

Before adjourning their session Sept. 30, 2015, North Carolina lawmakers passed a law prohibiting towns, cities and counties from adopting any regulations or ordinances on natural gas drilling or the controversial practice commonly known as fracking. [Oct. 9, 2015]

Critics Seek Changes to Duke Energy's Charter

A Durham advocacy group has asked Attorney General Roy Cooper to take legal action to amend Duke Energy’s corporate charter, citing Duke’s contributions to climate change among other claims, The Charlotte Observer reported Oct. 7, 2015. [Oct. 9, 2015]

EPA Sets New Ozone Standard at 70 ppb

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Oct. 2, 2015 that it was tightening the current National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to a level of 70 ppb. [Oct. 9, 2015]

North Carolina on Track to Meet New Ozone Standard

North Carolina currently is showing full compliance with the new, more stringent ozone standard of 70 ppb that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adopted on Oct. 1, 2015, based on preliminary data from the air quality monitors across the state. [Oct. 9, 2015]

NCDEQ and Duke Energy Reach $20 Million Settlement Over Coal Ash-Related Groundwater Contamination

NC DEQ and Duke Energy signed an estimated $20 million settlement agreement Sept. 29, 2015 that holds Duke Energy accountable for groundwater contamination at all of its 14 coal ash facilities and requires accelerated cleanup of groundwater contamination at four sites. [Oct. 9, 2015]

In Case You Missed It: Highlights from NCMA's Annual Meeting

Public Content NCMA’s 2015 Annual Meeting was held on Sept. 21-22, 2015 at the Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, NC.  Thanks to all our members who attended and made the meeting such a success! Here is what you missed. [Sept. 25, 2015]

NCMA Members Identify Alliance's Priorities For 2016

During the business session at NCMA’s 2015 Annual Meeting on Sept. 22, 2015, NCMA President Preston Howard announced the Initiatives of the Alliance for 2016, as identified by NCMA members. [Sept. 25, 2015]

NCMA Membership Elects New Board of Directors for 2016-17

Public Content At the 2015 Annual Meeting, NCMA members elected the Board of Directors for the 2016 – 2017 term. See what great companies direct our organization. [Sept. 25, 2015]

Hearing to Adopt New Solid Waste Definition as Temporary Rule Set for Oct. 5

The North Carolina Division of Waste Management will hold a public hearing on a proposed temporary rule adopting EPA’s new Definition of Solid Waste on Monday, October 5, 2015 [Sept. 25, 2015]

Bye, Bye DENR, Hello DEQ

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR) officially became the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) on Sept. 18, 2015. [Sept. 25, 2015]

Legislative Update for Sept. 14-18: We Finally Have a Budget

On Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, North Carolina legislative leaders released the conference committee report along with an amended version of HB 97 - 2015 Appropriations Act (commonly referred to as the “budget bill”). Here is what NC manufacturers need to know about the latest bill language. [Sept. 16, 2015]

DENR to Be Reorganized and Renamed Department of Environmental Quality

The budget approved this week by the North Carolina General Assembly includes some rearranging of the Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR) including a name change. [Sept. 16, 2015]

EMC Moving Ahead With Adopting Federal Definition of Solid Waste as Temporary Rule

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) voted Sept. 10, 2015 to initiate temporary rulemaking to adopt EPA’s new Definition of Solid Waste with one change. Under NC's temporary rulemaking process the rule could become effective as early as Nov. 2015. [Sept. 16, 2015]

Duke Energy Corp. Settles Long-Standing Litigation with EPA Over Alleged Clean Air Act Violations

The U.S. EPA announced Sept. 11, 2015 a settlement with Duke Energy Corporation to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act’s Prevention of Significant Deterioration requirements at several coal-fired power plants across North Carolina. [Sept. 16, 2015]

Legislative Update for Week of Aug. 31 to Sept. 4

This necktie was discovered near the entrance to the Legislative building Tuesday afternoon.  We’re not sure whether its former owner is a legislator, a member of the legislative staff, or a lobbyist.  We’re also not sure whether it was dropped by mistake or thrown down in frustration.  What we are sure of is that the long legislative session continues. [Sept. 3, 2015]

Environmental Management Commission Meetings Set for Sept. 9-10

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and four of its committees will meet Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, and Thursday, Sept. 10 2015. The list of items of potential interest to NCMA members include...[August 28, 2015]

NCMA Welcomes The Chemours Company FC, LLC as its Latest Member

Public Content The NCMA Board of Directors recently approved the application for membership submitted by The Chemours Company FC, LLC. Please join us in welcoming the Chemours team to NCMA. [August 28, 2015]

Legislative Update for Week of Aug. 24 to 28

The hot, dry “dog days” of August are almost over, but the 2015 General Assembly session drags on. State government is operating on its third “continuing resolution”.  Will there be a fourth and what is the status of legislation of interest to North Carolina Manufacturers? [August 28, 2015]

District Court Grants Last Minute Stay of EPA's New CWA Rule

A federal judge in North Dakota has granted a request from 13 states to immediately block EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing their Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule on its planned effective date of Aug. 28.. [August 28, 2015]

DENR Asks AG to Support Legal Fight Against EPA's New CWA Rule

DENR Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart sent a letter Aug. 27, 2015 to N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper requesting his office support DENR’s challenge of the “waters of the United States”(WOTUS) rule issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). [August 28, 2015]

States Request Emergency Stay of Deadlines in Clean Power Plan

States opposing EPA’s plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants have filed their first formal challenge to the newly finalized Clean Power Plan, asking federal judges to postpone the rule's deadlines. [August 28, 2015]

Legislative Update for August 17-21

Leaders in the General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory have reached a deal on a spending amount for the state’s long-overdue budget. [August 21, 2015]

DENR OP-ED: Roy Cooper's Puzzling Stance On Clean Power Plan

The following op-ed by Secretary Donald van der Vaart ran in the News & Observer on Saturday, Aug. 14 in response to N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper's statements on the Clean Power Plan. [August 21, 2015]

Legislative Update for August 3 to August 14

As the hot, dry “dog days” of August drag on, so does the 2015 NC General Assembly session. Is the end in sight and what is the status of some of the bills of interest to North Carolina manufacturers. Find out here. [August 14, 2015]

DENR Suing EPA over SSM Rule Secretary van der Vaart Tells EEHS School Audience

Donald van der Vaart, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), told attendees at NCMA’s 2015 EEHS School Aug. 10, 2015 that DENR was bringing suit against EPA’S Final Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction (SSM) Rule. [August 14, 2015]

Cooper At Odds with Legislators and DENR Over New EPA Clean Power Rule

Attorney General Roy Cooper has warned leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly that resisting the recently issued federal Clean Power Rule poses legal and environmental concerns. [August 14, 2015]

DENR Opposing Settlement That By-Passes Cleanup Program Specified in Coal Ash Law

DENR moved Aug. 12, 2015 to stop an agreement between Duke Energy and environmental groups that would commit Duke Energy to remove coal ash from three unlined impoundments not specifically identified in the Coal Ash Management Law as high-priority. [August 14, 2015]

Legislative Update

Today is the last day of July.  Those of us who regularly spend time at the General Assembly thought that the 2015 legislative session would be over by now and we’d be enjoying family vacations in August.  We were all wrong! [July 31, 2015]

DENR Joins Lawsuit Challenging EPA's Expanded Definition of Waters of the United States

NC DENR announced July 21, 2015 that if was joining 27 other states in complaints against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that challenge EPA’s recently published rule to expand the definition of “Waters of the United States” under the federal Clean Water Act. [July 31, 2015]

EPA Action Means North Carolina Meets All Air Quality Standards for First Time Since 1997

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has officially recognized the Charlotte metropolitan area as complying with the 2008 federal air quality standard for ozone. With that action, North Carolina is now in attainment for all pollutants in all areas across the state. [July 31, 2015]

NCMA Welcomes New Members

The NCMA Board of Directors recently approved membership applications for three new members (one regular member and two business partners): Kuraray America, Inc.; Smith-Moore-Leatherwood, LLP; and Williams Mullen.  Please join us in welcoming these companies to NCMA. [July 17, 2015]

EMC Moving Forward With New Air Permit Exemption Rules

The Air Quality Committee of the Environment Management Commission (EMC) voted July 8, 2015 to recommend that the full Commission approve for public hearing at its September meeting a set of draft changes to the air quality permitting rules that would create new exemptions. [July 17, 2015]

Public Hearings to Be Held On Proposed Changes to State Groundwater Rules

State officials will hold public hearings July 20 and Sept. 10 in Raleigh to gather comments on proposed changes to the state’s groundwater rules. [July 17, 2015]

Proposed Machinery Tax Hike Worries Manufacturer

Durham-based LED lighting company Cree complained to legislators last week that a proposed machinery tax hike in the Senate budget would increase its tax burden by up to $5 million. The News & Observer reported July 4, 2015. [July 17, 2015]

Lawmakers Target Auto Emissions Tests

A measure that passed the House Finance Committee on July 16, 2015 would cut the state's required vehicle emissions testing program by 60 percent. WRAL.com reported. [July 17, 2015]

Third Circuit Upholds Chesapeake Bay TMDL

A federal court has affirmed an earlier district decision upholding the EPA's Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). NCMA’s Business Partner McGuireWoods has provided a brief summary of the case for our members. [July 17, 2015]

Court Rejects North Carolina's Appeal of PM2.5 Baseline

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has rejected North Carolina’s challenge to the federal 2010 baseline for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) saying the state filed its claim too late. [July 17, 2015]

EMC Moving Ahead With Adopting Federal Definition of Solid Waste as Temporary Rule

The Groundwater and Waste Management Committee of the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) voted July 8, 2015 to proceed to the full EMC in September for public comment and hearing on a temporary rule to adopt EPA’s new Definition of Solid Waste with one change. [July 10, 2015]

Groups Challenge DENR Permits for Coal Ash Disposal in Clay Mines

Three environmental groups filed an administrative appeal July 6, 2015 to challenge state permits that will allow Duke Energy to move millions of tons of coal ash into open-pit clay mines in Chatham and Lee counties. [July 10, 2015]

Litigation Begins to Challenge New Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Rule

Eighteen states sued the Obama administration June 29, 2015 to stop a new rule asserting federal authority over minor waterways like streams and wetlands by redefining EPA authority under the Clean Water Act to regulate “waters of the U.S.” A major industry coalition has also sued. [July 10, 2015]

EPA Finalizes Rule to Reduce HFCs

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule July 2, 2015 to prohibit certain uses of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of greenhouse gases used in air-conditioning, refrigeration, and other equipment. [July 10, 2015]

Supreme Court Strikes Down EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standard

U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule June 29, 2015, finding that the agency improperly failed to consider compliance costs in determining that the regulation of coal and oil-fired power plants was “appropriate and necessary” under the Section 112 of the Clean Air Act. [July 10, 2015]

You Will Only Find This at the 2015 North Carolina EEHS School

Public Content Show your continued support of NCMA’s educational programs by signing up today to attend our 14th Annual North Carolina Environmental, Energy, Health & Safety (EEHS) School on August 10-11, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. We have courses that you will find nowhere else![ June 19, 2015]

NC Senate Unveils Extensive Economic Development and Finance Reforms

The North Carolina Senate unveiled its much awaited economic development and finance proposals in the Senate Commerce Committee on June 10, 2015. We have a summary of the key provisions important to North Carolina manufacturers. [June 12, 2015]

Court Rejects Challenge to Proposed GHG standards for Existing Power Plants

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a series of challenges June 9, 2015, filed by states and industry groups seeking to block EPA's proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) rule for existing power plants.[June 12, 2015]

DENR Orders Duke Energy to Stop Flow of Ash-Contaminated Groundwater at Sutton Plant

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ordering Duke Energy June 9, 2015 to stop the continued spread of coal ash contamination in the groundwater near its Wilmington power plant. [June 12, 2015]

DENR Retains Special Counsel to Defend Duke Energy Appeal of $25.1 Million Fine

DENR has retained Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP (an NCMA Business Partner) for legal services related to Duke Energy’s decision to contest a $25.1 million fine. [June 12, 2015]

North Carolina New Ag-Gag Law Affects All Employees Not Just Agricultural Workers

On June 3, 2015 the North Carolina Legislature voted to override the Governor's veto of a bill (House Bill 405) that grants the state’s employers the right to take legal action against employees who steal company data, documents or covertly record activities in “nonpublic” area of the workplace. [June 12, 2015]

State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Reform Bill Passes

The North Carolina General Assembly gave final approval June 4, 2015, to a bill (House Bill 795)  that makes significant reforms to the North Carolina law requiring an environmental impact statement (EIS)  for projects that  involve expenditure of public funds or use of public lands. [June 12, 2015]

Op-Ed: The Coming EPA Clean Power Plan Mandate and North Carolina's Bad Bill

The state House recently passed HB 571, a bill directing action on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The CPP, if finalized, would have drastic effects on our citizens and economy, Charlie Carter wrote in an Op-Ed article in The News & Observer June 11, 2015. [June 12, 2015]

EPA Releases EJSCREEN, an Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool

On June 15, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released EJSCREEN, an environmental justice screening and mapping tool that uses high resolution maps combined with demographic and environmental data to identify places with potentially elevated environmental burdens and vulnerable populations. [June 12, 2015]

NC General Assembly Update for June 1 - 5

Activities in the General Assembly this week centered on the budget, gubernatorial vetoes/veto overrides, and guns.  Here’s a summary. [June 5, 2015]

Registration Opens for NCMA's 2015 North Carolina Environmental, Energy, Health and Safety (EEHS) School

Public File Register today for NCMA’s 2015 North Carolina Environmental, Energy, Health and Safety (EEHS) School. Now in our 14th year, the annual school is North Carolina's premier conference and exhibition for environmental, energy, health and safety professionals. Register today at: http://www.myncma.org/EEHS_School/index.htm[June 5, 2015]

DAQ Seeking Comments on Air Monitoring Network Plan for 2015-2016

The North Carolina Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is proposing shutting down nine fine particle monitoring sites and three ozone sites in 2015-2016 as it re-evaluates and adjusts its air quality monitoring network. [June 5, 2015]

Alcoa Prevails in State Lawsuit over Ownership of Yadkin Riverbed

Alcoa Power Generating Inc. scored a victory in federal court May 6, 2015, when the judge ruled that the state of North Carolina failed to prove that a 45-mile segment of the Yadkin River where Alcoa operates four hydroelectric dams was navigable for commerce in 1789. [June 5, 2015]

Judge Overturns Denial of Alcoa's 401 Water Quality Certificate for Yadkin River Hydroelectric Dams

An Administrative Law Judge ruled May 29, 2015, that the NC Division of Water Resources (DWR) exceeded its authority when it denied Alcoa Power Generating Inc. a water quality certificate that is required to relicense its hydroelectric project along the Yadkin River. [June 5, 2015]

Court Backs EPA's Methods for NAAQS Attainment Designations

A federal appeals court on June 2, 2015, rejected a series of challenges from states, environmental groups and energy companies to U.S. EPA's designation of areas as either attaining or violating its 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). [June 5, 2015]

Former NCMA President George Everett Retires

Public File Following a distinguished career that included stops in State government, at NCMA and at Duke Energy, Dr. George Everett retired on May 28, 2015. [May 29, 2015]

EMC Adopts Resolution Opposing HB 571 – Implementation of Carbon Dioxide Regulations

At its May 2015 meeting, the NC Environmental Management Commission (EMC) unanimously adopted a resolution opposing enactment of HB 571 – Implementation of Carbon Dioxide Regulations. [May 29, 2015]

Council of State Members Oppose Gov. McCrory in Appointments Lawsuit

In early May NCMA joined 7 other major business groups in filing an amicus brief opposing the position taken by Governor McCrory over appointments to state boards and commissions. Now 4 members of the Council of State have taken a similar position. [May 29, 2015]

EPA Issues Final Clean Water Act Rule to Clarify Its Jurisdiction

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army issued their controversial final Clean Water Act Rule May 27, 2015, defining the scope of “waters of the United States.” The rule will be effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. [May 29, 2015]

EPA Rule Requires States Including North Carolina to Remove SSM Provisions from SIP

Facilities in 36 states including North Carolina will no longer be insulated from Clean Air Act violations from excess emissions when equipment is starting up, shutting down or malfunctioning (SSM), under a final rule the Environmental Protection Agency issued May 22, 2015.  [May 29, 2015]

NC General Assembly Update for May 11 – 20

The pace of activity has slowed considerably at the General Assembly now that the “crossover deadline” has come and gone.  However, we expect the pace to once again pick up over the next couple of weeks. This week the is action on two bills of interest to NC manufacturers.  [May 20, 2015]

Duke Energy Unveils $1.1 Billion Plan to End Coal Era in Asheville, N.C

Duke Energy announced May 19, 2015, plans to retire its Asheville, N.C., coal-fired power plant in four to five years and modernize its generation and transmission system in western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina.  [May 20, 2015]

Duke Energy Pleads Guilty In Coal Ash Case

Duke Energy pleaded guilty in federal court May 14, 2015 to environmental crimes and has agreed to pay $102 million in fines and restitution over leaking from coal-ash facilities at five North Carolina power plants. [May 20, 2015]

North Carolina Science Advisory Board Meeting on Air Toxics May 27

The North Carolina Science Advisory Board (NCSAB) on Toxic Air Pollutants will meet on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 3:00 PM via teleconference.  [May 20, 2015]

NC General Assembly Update – May 4 - 8, 2015

After last week’s frantic “crossover week”, and a long weekend break, the General Assembly resumed its work this week with a modest schedule of activity. However, one bill of significance to NCMA members was voted out of the House on May 6, 2015.  [May 8, 2015]

NCMA Joins Business Coalition in Filing Brief in Important Appointments Case

On May 4, 2015 NCMA joined a coalition of seven other business groups in filing an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with the North Carolina Supreme Court in the case of McCrory v. Berger. The brief supports the position of the NC General Assembly leadership. [May 8, 2015]

Environmental Management Commission Meetings Set for May 13-14

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and five of its committees will meet Wednesday, May 13, 2015, and Thursday, May 14 2015. The list of items of potential interest to all North Carolina industries include: [May 8, 2015]

D.C. Circuit Scraps Generator Air Rule's 100-Hour 'Emergency' Exemption

On May 1, 2015, a federal appeals court scrapped a 100-hour exemption from air emissions regulation EPA had granted to “emergency” generators (Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines or RICEs) that participate in demand-response programs. [May 8, 2015]

This Week at the NC General Assembly – April 20-24, 2015

With the “crossover deadline” of April 30, 2015 approaching, there was a new sense of urgency in the halls of the NC General Assembly last week. Four bills of interest to NCMA, including one that was not on our watch list initially, saw action last week, and at least six will see action this week.  [April 27, 2015]

NCMA Joins Other Business In Calling for Amendment of SEPA (HB 795)

Public File In a letter to members of the North Carolina House Of Representatives North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (NCMA) jointed with the North Carolina Chamber and North Carolina Economic Developers Association to urge members to support House Bill 795 – SEPA Reform. The organizations also took out a full page ad in Raleigh’s News & Observer on April 27, 2015. [April 27, 2015]

Newspaper: SEPA Pulls Back N.C. Environment Mandate on Public Funds, Land

Leading North Carolina business lobbying groups (including NCMA) are pushing HB 795 to scale back the State Environmental Policy Act the Winston- Salem Journal reported April 26, 2015. [April 27, 2015]

Pending State Legislation That North Carolina Manufacturers Should Know About

NCMA has identified almost three dozen bills that  may significantly impact North Carolina manufacturers. Here is a list, links and other information about the bills that we are following at the North Carolina General Assembly on behalf of our members. [April 27, 2015]
Public File A list of bills only is available for non-NCMA members at this link.

Op-Ed: Sunnier Take on N.C.'s Environment by Donald R. van der Vaart

Public File The recent op-ed “Assault on N.C. Environment” (April 19 Viewpoint) ignores facts and fails to recognize North Carolina’s commitment to bettering our environment. DENR is proud of the policies and modernization that have dramatically improved the quality of life for all North Carolinians. The facts show the author’s assertions are wrong. Here’s what Donald R. van der Vaart said in an April 25, 2015 Op-Ed appearing in the Charlotte Observer. [April 27, 2015]

US Supreme Court Orders NC Court To Reconsider Voting District Maps

The U.S. Supreme Court, in an order released April 20, 2015, threw out a North Carolina Supreme Court ruling that had upheld the state’s 2011 Republican-drawn legislative and congressional districts. The case is Dickson v. Rucho, 14-839. [April 27, 2015]

EPA Will Conduct Webinars on Draft Environmental Justice Agenda

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting two national webinars May 7 and May 14, 2015 to explain its new draft EJ 2020 Action Agenda framework - EPA's next overarching strategic plan for environmental justice. [April 27, 2015]

This Week at the NC General Assembly – April 13-17, 2015

NCMA is working to identify all of the bills that we believe are of interest to NC Manufacturers. Here is information about some of the important bills we are following. [April 17, 2015]

D.C. Circuit Narrows GHG Permitting

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a long-awaited order April 10, 2015, that narrows the scope of EPA's greenhouse gas (GHG) tailoring rule in accordance with a 2014 US Supreme Court’s decision. [April 17, 2015]

Homeland Security Offering Resources for Chemical Security Programs

Public File The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides a variety of voluntary security programs and resources to help owners and operators of chemical facilities improve the security. Download DHS's Chemical SSA Voluntary Security Program Fact Sheet.  [April 10, 2015]

This Week at the General Assembly – March 23-27, 2015

After several weeks of little action, activities are heating up in the NC General Assembly.  There was action on bills of interest to NCMA members this week, and a flood of bills were introduced in the final two days before the close of the Senate’s bill filing deadline.  [March 27, 2015]

Duke Energy to Appeal Record $25 Million Groundwater Contamination Fine

Duke Energy said March 23, 2015, that it will “vigorously contest” a state-record $25.1 million fine for contamination of groundwater at its Sutton power plant in Wilmington.  [March 27, 2015]

DENR Secretary Testified Before Congressional Committee on Clean Water Act

Donald R. van der Vaart, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, testified March 24, 2015 in Washington D.C., before aU.S. Senate Committee on EPA's proposed rule defining "waters of the United States".  [March 27, 2015]

FBI Sponsoring Chemical Outreach Workshops April 6-7 in Charlotte

Public File The FBI is hosting, two free chemical outreach workshops April 6 and 7, 2015. The FBI’s Chemical Retailer Awareness Workshop (CRAW) on April 6 is for those business that sell chemicals that can be used as a precursor to bomb making. The FBI’s Chemical Facility Outreach Exchange (CFOX) Workshop on April 7 is for those facilities that use, store, or ship, Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TIC).  [March 27, 2015]

Legislative Update

After a few weeks of seeing little activity at the General Assembly (some of the inactivity was weather-induced!), the 2015 session is off and running.  Here is a brief overview:  [March 13, 2015]

DENR Fines Duke Energy $25.1 Million for Groundwater Violations at Sutton Plant

On March 10, 2015, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued Duke Energy the state’s largest-ever penalty for environmental damages, fining the utility $25.1 million for groundwater contamination from coal ash at the Sutton Plant near Wilmington.  [March 13, 2015]

DENR Issues NOV for Groundwater Contamination at Duke Energy's Asheville Plant

On Feb. 25, 2015, the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sent Duke Energy a notice of violation and intent to enforce for groundwater contamination from coal ash ponds at the utility’s Asheville Plant.  [Feb. 27, 2015]

Federal Criminal Charges Filed Against Duke Energy for Coal Ash Spills

Federal prosecutors filed nine criminal charges accusing Duke Energy of violating the Clean Water Act by polluting four of the state’s rivers with coal ash.  [Feb. 27, 2015]

Environmental Management Commission Meetings Set for March 11-12

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and five of its committees will meet Wednesday, March 11, 2015, and Thursday, March 12, 2015. The list of items of potential interest to NCMA members include:  [Feb. 27, 2015]

DWR Seeking Nominations for Nutrient Criteria Committee

The North Carolina Division of Water Resources (DWR) is now soliciting names for potential members to serve on the Nutrient Criteria Development Plan (NCDP) – Criteria Implementation Committee.  [Feb. 27, 2015]

DWR Announces Stakeholder Meetings to Readopt All Water Quality Rules

The N.C. Division of Water Resources (DWR) has announced five upcoming stakeholder meetings to discuss re-adoption of 375 rules in its water quality program.  [Feb. 27, 2015]

Governor Appoints New Chair for Environmental Management Commission

Governor Pat McCrory has named a new Chair of the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) to replace Benne C. Hutson who resigned from the Commission in January.  [Feb. 20, 2015]

Criminal Charges In Spills To Cost Duke Energy $100 Million

Criminal charges are expected to be brought against Duke Energy in the next several days that will accuse the nation’s largest electric utility of multiple misdemeanor violations of the federal Clean Water Act relating to spills of coal ash, The Charlotte Observer reported Feb. 18, 2015.  [Feb. 20, 2015]

DENR Names New General Counsel, Legislative Affairs Team

DENR Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart announced Feb. 17, 2015, that he has named a newgeneral counsel for the agency. He also announced a new director of legislative and intergovernmental affairs and a new deputy legislative liaison.  [Feb. 20, 2015]

NCMA Recommends Three-Tiered Approach For Air Permitting

The Division of Air Quality should change the way it permits small air emission sources by establishing a three tiered system NCMA wrote in a Feb 6. 2015 letter to Sheila Holman, Director of the Division of Air Quality. [Feb. 13, 2015]

Federal Clean Water Environmental Issues for 2015

There are a handful of federal legal and regulatory issues on the horizon in 2015 that are worth watching. Some have been around for a while and new chapters are due to unfold. Others are new this year. [Feb. 13, 2015]

NCMA Welcomes New Business Partners: GEL Engineering and O'Brien & Gere Engineers

NCMA is pleased to announce the addition of two new business partners: GEL Engineering and O’Brien and Gere Engineers. [Feb. 5, 2015]

Uncertainty Clouds Coal Ash Picture One Year After Spill

North Carolina officials told reporters Jan. 30, 2015 that it appears the worst of the affects from the Feb. 2, 2014, coal ash spill near Eden may be over. Some who live near the river are less confident, WRAL.com reported Jan. 31. [Feb. 3, 2015]

Funding Problem Temporarily Slows New Coal Ash Management Commission

The chairman of the state's new Coal Ash Management Commission says a glitch in a law passed last year left the oversight body with little money to operate. Legislation has been introduced to correct the problem. [Feb. 3, 2015]

Division of Waste Management Names New Solid Waste Section Chief

Linda Culpepper, Director of the Division of Waste Management has named a new Solid Waste Section Chief, effective Feb. 1, 2015. [Jan. 30, 2015]

North Carolina House Speaker Announces Committee Assignments

New North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore has announced committee assignments for the 2015 Session. View committee assignments at... [Jan. 30, 2015]

DENR's Evans Promoted From General Counsel to Chief Deputy Secretary

N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart has promoted longtime DENR employee John C. Evans to become the agency’s new chief deputy secretary. [Jan. 30, 2015]

Reassigned at DENR, Mitch Gillespie Joins House Speaker Tim Moore's Staff

One week after being reassigned by the new head of the state’s environmental agency, former legislator Mitch Gillespie is joining North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore’s staff as a senior policy adviser. [Jan. 30, 2015]

DENR Announces Leadership Changes

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart announced Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, the appointment of a new assistant secretary for the environment and an interim assistant secretary for natural resources. [Jan. 16, 2015]

Hutson Resign From Environmental Management Commission

Benne C. Hutson, chair of the Environmental Management Commission (EMC), has resigned from the Commission effective Jan. 15, 2015. [Jan. 16, 2015]

Coal Ash Management Commission to Focus on Beneficial Use at Jan. 14 Meeting

The next meeting of the North Carolina Coal Ash Management Commission is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. The meeting will focus on the types and options for beneficial use of coal ash. [Jan. 9, 2015]

Group Challenges Constitutionality of the NC Mining and Energy Commission

An environmental advocacy group is asking the Wake County Superior Court to get the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission declared unconstitutional. [Jan. 9, 2015]

EPA Temporarily Delaying Final Greenhouse Gas Rules for Power Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Jan. 7, 2015, that it was delaying its schedule for issuing final greenhouse gas (GHG) rules for power plants. [Jan. 9, 2015]

Governor Names Donald van der Vaart New DENR Secretary

Governor Pat McCrory announced Dec. 23, 2014, that he has selected Donald van der Vaart as the next secretary for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. [Jan. 2, 2015]

Environmental Management Commission Has Full Agenda Set for Jan. 7-8

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and five of its committees will meet Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, and Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. The list of items of potential interest to NCMA members include... [Jan. 2, 2015]

2015 Air Permit Annual Fee Memo Posted

The new Division of Air Quality (DAQ) permit annual and application fee memo and table for calendar year 2015 has been posted to the DAQ web site. [Jan. 2, 2015]

Court Throws Out Exceptions in EPA 2008 Ozone Rule

A federal appeals court overturned portions of a rule used to allow states more flexibility in complying with the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standard ozone standard. [Jan. 2, 2015]

Court Rules EPA Cannot Regulate Lead Bullets under TSCA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot regulate lead ammunition used by hunters, a federal appeals court said Dec. 23, 2014. [Jan. 2, 2015]

 

2014 News Stories

Below you will find news stories that have appeared on NCMA's website in 2014.

Link to Archives of Previous Stories: 2013

EPA to Regulate Coal Ash from Electric Utilities as Nonhazardous Waste

The EPA announced Dec. 19, 2014, its final rule to regulate the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR) from electric utilities as solid waste under Subtitle D of RCRA. EPA also addressed CCR from non-utility facilities and beneficial reuse of CCR. [Dec. 22, 2014]

Summary of Legislation Passed by NC General Assembly in 2014 Available

A 188 page summary of all substantive legislation passed by the North Carolina General Assembly and ratified during the 2014 Session is available. [Dec. 22, 2014]

2015 Air Permit Annual Fee Memo Posted

The new Division of Air Quality (DAQ) permit annual and application fee memo and table for calendar year 2015 has been posted to the DAQ web site. [Dec. 22, 2014]

Next NCMA Committee Meetings January 15, 2015

The next regularly scheduled meetings of NCMA’s Science & Technology (S&T) Committee and NCMA’s Government Affairs Committee will be on Thursday, January 15, 2015. Mark your calendars, the committees normally meet the third Thursday of each month. [Dec. 12, 2014]

Your NCMA Member Dues Invoice for 2015 Has Been Sent

On Thursday, December 11, 2014, NCMA sent dues invoices to the billing contact that each member company has identified to receive such invoices. The NCMA Board of Directors has decided to keep the current schedule in place. [Dec. 12, 2014]

Legislative Committee Updated On Implementation of Coal Ash Law

The North Carolina General Assembly’s Environmental Review Commission (ERC) heard from several state officials as well as Duke Energy Dec. 10, 2014, on the progress that has been made since the legislature passed the state’s new Coal Ash Management Act. [Dec. 12, 2014]

NCMA Member Seeking Environmental Engineer

An NCMA member company is looking for an environmental engineer, 5-10 years experience.  View posting at www.corning.com/careers, job ID 176048.  (choose United States, then “search for opportunities in United States”). [Dec. 12, 2014]

Changes at the Division of Water Resources

There is a new Wastewater Branch Chief at the Division of Water Resources (DWR). [Dec. 12, 2014]

EPA Issues Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) Rule for RCRA Haz Waste

On Dec. 10, 2014 EPA released its long-awaited final rule on the definition of solid waste (DSW). The Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) final rule modifies the EPA’s 2008 DSW rule, which many states including North Carolina never adopted. [Dec. 12, 2014]

NCMA Committee Meetings & Christmas Reception Set for Tuesday Dec. 9

NCMA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Risk-Based Remediation will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at 10 AM.  The Science & Technology Committee and the Government Affairs Committee will meet at 1 PM and 2 PM respectively.  Please join us for a Christmas Reception from 12 Noon to 1 PM. All NCMA members and Business Partners are invited to participate in these meetings. [Dec. 3, 2014]

DENR Secretary Skvarla Moving to Commerce to Replace Decker

Gov. McCrory announced Dec. 2, 2014 that he was naming John Skvarla, current Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), to succeed State Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker. [Dec. 3, 2014]

NCMA Submits Comments on EPA's Proposal for Existing Power Plants

Public File NCMA filed comments Dec. 1, 2014, critical of EPA’s 111(d) proposal for regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. [Dec. 3, 2014]

Duke Energy, DENR Critique EPA Proposal for Existing Power Plants

Duke Energy and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) both submitted comments to EPA critical of the Obama administration’s plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, The Charlotte Observer reported Dec. 1, 2014. [Dec. 3, 2014]

DAQ Posts EPA's Revised Compliance and Enforcement Policies

The North Carolina Division of Air Quality (DAQ) has posted to their website EPA’s new/revised policies related to High Priority Violations, Federally Reportable Violations, Compliance Monitoring Strategy and Information Collection Requests. [Dec. 3, 2014]

Water Quality Workshop: Your Input Needed on Agenda

Public File The 11th Annual North Carolina Water Quality Compliance Workshop co-sponsored by NCMA and the NC Division of Water Resources (DWR) is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Suggestions fro ggenda topics are welcome. [Dec. 3, 2014]

EPA Proposes Lowering Ozone Standard to 65-70 ppb

EPA announced Nov. 26, 2014 a proposed rule lowering the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone from the current standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to a standard in the range of 65 to 70 ppb while taking comment on a level as low as 60 ppb. [Dec. 3, 2014]

Supreme Court Grants Cert To Review Utility Mercury Rule

The United States Supreme Court granted petitions Nov. 25, 2014, seeking review of EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) that regulate emissions from electric generating units (EGUs). [Dec. 3, 2014]

NCDOL Offering Online Training on New OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements in December

The N.C. Department of Labor (NCDOL) has added additional recordkeeping webinars to their December training calendar to help employers understand and comply with revised recordkeeping and reporting requirements that will go into effect on January 1, 2015. [Nov.25, 2014]

EMC Approves Report Recommending Changes to Groundwater Corrective Action Rules

At its Nov. 13, 2014, meeting the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) approved a report to the North Carolina General Assembly recommending amendments to the state’s corrective action rules for groundwater contamination. [Nov.14, 2014]

Membership on North Carolina Coal Ash Commission Changing

The newly formed North Carolina Coal Ash Management Commission is holding its first meeting on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 in Chapel Hill. However the membership on the nine-member commission has already changed. [Nov.14, 2014]

Governor Sues Legislature over Coal Ash Management Commission Appointments

Governor Pat McCrory, joined by former governors Jim Martin and Jim Hunt, has asked the North Carolina courts to declare unconstitutional legislatively-appointed commissions like the Coal Ash Management Commission. [Nov.14, 2014]

Feedback Still Needed on DAQ's Air Permit Exemptions Draft Rule

If you have comments about the Division of Air Quality’s regulatory proposal to update, improve and streamline the current rules identifying activities that are or should be exempted from air permit requirements, comments to DAQ are due by Dec. 6. [Nov.14, 2014]

DAQ Outside Involvement Committee Meeting Nov. 18

The Division of Air Quality’s Outside Involvement Committee will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. in Room 1210, Green Square, 217 West Jones Street, Raleigh.  The meeting will be available via conference call and Webinar. [Nov.14, 2014]

North Carolina's Ozone Levels Lowest on Record in 2014

Ozone levels in North Carolina were the lowest on record in 2014, with no exceedances of the federal ozone standard for the first time since air monitoring began in the early 1970s. [Nov.14, 2014]

State Reclassifies Duke Cooling Water Pond "Waters of the State"

State officials have reclassified a lake at Duke Energy’s coal ash facility near Wilmington as a “waters of the state” instead of a private cooling pond in a move that will mean greater water quality protections for the lake and more frequent inspections of dams at the site.[Nov.14, 2014]

WRAL.COM: Ex-Duke Energy Lawyer Now Advising NC Regulators

A lawyer advising North Carolina's environmental agency on rewriting rules governing cleanup at Duke Energy's coal ash dumps previously represented the electricity company on the same issue, wral.com reported in a Nov. 13, 2014 story. [Nov.14, 2014]

Highlights of the 2014 Election

Finally, the 2014 “mid-term” elections are over; and at least for the near term, so are all those bothersome political commercials on radio and television.  Read on for NCMA’s highlights of the 2014 election. [Nov.7, 2014]

Coal Ash Management Commission to Hold First Meeting Nov.14

The newly formed North Carolina Coal Ash Management Commission will hold its first meeting on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 in Chapel Hill. [Nov.7, 2014]

DENR Rejects Initial Duke Energy Groundwater Plans For Coal Ash Facilities

State officials have directed Duke Energy to resubmit its plans for assessing groundwater at North Carolina’s 14 coal ash facilities because the plans the company submitted to the state in September are inadequate. [Nov.7, 2014]

EPA Making Changes to "Due Diligence" Options

Following through on a December 2013 announcement, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has deleted the 2005 ASTM Phase I standard for use by purchasers of real property. [Nov.7, 2014]

Review Draft Rules Now for the DAQ Stakeholder Meeting on Air Permit Exemptions on Nov. 6

North Carolina Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will be conducting a stakeholder meeting next Thursday, November 6, 2014, to discuss a regulatory proposal to update, improve and streamline Air Permit Exemption Rules in 15A NCAC 02Q .0102. [Oct. 31, 2014]

Important NCMA Meeting Dates Nov. 11 & Dec. 9: Mark Your Calendars Today

Please put Tuesday, Nov. 11 and Tuesday, Dec. 9 on your calendar for three important NCMA meetings. [Oct. 31, 2014]

Environmental Management Commission Has Full Agenda Set for Nov. 12 and 13

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and seven of its committees will meet Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, and Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. The list of items of potential interest to NCMA members include... [Oct. 31, 2014]

NCMA October Committee Meetings Wednesday, Oct. 29

NCMA’s Science & Technology (S&T) Committee and NCMA’s Government Affairs Committee will meet jointly on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at 1 PM. Representatives of Duke Energy will be the guest speakers. [Oct. 17, 2014]

Federal Court Rules Amendment to NC Statute of Repose for Groundwater Contamination Not Retroactive

On Oct. 14, 2014 the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that 2014 legislation changing North Carolina’s statute of repose could not be applied retroactively to an action filed alleging adverse health effects from groundwater contamination at Camp Lejeune. [Oct. 17, 2014]

NC Supreme Court Will Take Up Groundwater Corrective Action Appeal

The NC Supreme Court unexpectedly issued an order Oct. 10, 2014 to take up the appeal of a closely watched lower court ruling requiring sources of groundwater contamination to take immediate action to eliminate the source of groundwater contamination. [Oct. 14, 2014]

OSHA Requesting Information on Updating PELs

US OSHA announced Oct. 10, 2014 a national dialogue with stakeholders on the management of hazardous chemical exposures in the workplace and strategies for updating permissible exposure limits (PEL’s). [Oct. 14, 2014]

DAQ Stakeholder Meeting on Air Permit Exemption Rules Set for Nov. 6

The North Carolina Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will be conducting a stakeholder meeting on Nov. 6, 2014, to discuss a regulatory proposal to update, improve and streamline 15A NCAC 02Q .0102 – Activities Exempted From Air Permit Requirements. [Oct. 10, 2014]

DRW Issues Memo to Clarify New Wastewater Spill Reporting Requirements

On Oct. 6, 2014, the Division of Water Resources (DWR) issued a memo clarifying the spill reporting requirements for wastewater discharges contained in the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014. The memo applies to the spill of any untreated wastewater not just coal ash. [Oct. 10, 2014]

Special Nov 6. Hazardous Waste Workshop Filling Quickly

The Workshop is filling quickly, so if you are interested in attending, register now at: http://www.myncma.org/HW_Workshop/index.htm.

Retired Deputy Administrator for Region 4 Named as Acting EPA Deputy Administrator

Stanley Meiburg, who briefly retired from the Environmental Protection Agency, will return and serve as acting deputy administrator effective immediately, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced Oct. 6. [Oct. 10, 2014]

Drinking Water Receptor Survey Shows Wells Near Duke Energy Coal Ash Facilities

Duke Energy officials have identified 830 private and public drinking water supply wells near the company’s 32 coal ash storage ponds in North Carolina, according to an initial survey the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources released Oct. 8, 2014. [Oct. 10, 2014]

US Supreme Court Won't Hear Challenge to EPA 2008 Ozone Standard

The US Supreme Court declined Oct. 6, 2014 to hear a business group’s claim that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2008 rules for ground-level ozone are too strict. [Oct. 10, 2014]

Court Rejects Nebraska's Suit over EPA's Standards for New Power Plants

A federal judge has dismissed as premature Nebraska's lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for new power plants. [Oct. 10, 2014]

Thanks to All for a Successful NCMA Annual Meeting

NCMA’s 2014 Annual Meeting was held on Sept. 29-30, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Resort at Wrightsville Beach, NC.  Thanks to all our members who attended and made the meeting such a success! [Oct. 3, 2014]

NCMA Members Identify Alliance's Priorities For 2015

During the business session at NCMA’s 2014 Annual Meeting on Sept. 29, 2014, NCMA President Preston Howard announced the Initiatives of the Alliance for 2015, as identified by NCMA members through their annual issues ballot.  [Oct. 3, 2014]

Major Natural Gas Line Coming to Eastern NC: Act Now to Request Access

Attendees at the NCMA Annual Meeting Sept. 29-30, 2014 heard a presentation on a proposed major new natural gas line for eastern North Carolina.  If your company is interested in obtaining access to natural gas from the new pipeline, you need to take immediate action. [Oct. 3, 2014]

DENR to Host Stakeholders Meeting on Air & Water Rules

The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) and the Division of Water Resources (DWR) are each forming stakeholders groups that will meet in November to discuss possible amendments to certain rules administered by each division. [Oct. 3, 2014]

Governor Makes Appointments to Coal Ash Management Commission

Gov. Pat McCrory announced his appointments to the newly formed Coal Ash Management Commission (CAMC) Sept. 30, 2014. [Oct. 3, 2014]

Does New Spill Reporting Law Really Change Your Reporting Obligation?

While the newly enacted The Coal Ash Management Act of 2014 revises some of the spill reporting requirements for wastewater discharges under state law, it does not change any requirement in your current permit that may be more stringent. [Oct. 3, 2014]

EPA Extends Comment Period on Controversial GHG Power Plant Proposal

EPA has extended the time for submission of public comments on the agency’s proposal under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to reduce GHG emissions from existing power plants. What does this announcement mean? [Oct. 3, 2014]

EPA Denies NC Petition On PM 2.5 Increments

EPA has denied North Carolina’s petition to use a 1975 baseline to establish baselines for fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) emissions under the Clean Air Act’s Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program rather than the 2010 baseline imposed by the agency. [Oct. 3, 2014]

NCSAB Meeting on Air Toxics Set for Sept. 24

The North Carolina Science Advisory Board (NCSAB) on Toxic Air Pollutants will meet on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM via webinar. [Sept. 19, 2014]

LAST CALL: Register 2014 NCMA Annual Meeting

Public File The 2014 Annual Meeting of the NCMA will take place on September 29 and 30, 2014.  Please take a few minutes to  register at the following link: http://www.myncma.org/Annual_Meeting/index.htm. [Sept. 19, 2014]

Support the NCMA Political Action Committee – NCMAPAC

Public File The costs associated with running for political office have skyrocketed in recent years.  It is imperative that manufacturers support candidates who understand your business needs.  Here are two ways you can support NCMAPAC. [Sept. 12, 2014]

Public Hearing on Amendment of NC GHG Tailoring Rule Oct. 1

The Division of Air Quality will hold a public hearing on Oct. 1, 2014 to receive comments on temporary amendments to North Carolina’s “tailoring” rules to reflect  a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. [Sept. 19, 2014]

EPA Ozone Rule Threatens Thousands of North Carolina Jobs

Public File North Carolina is on the verge of recapturing pre-recession levels of job creation, but a controversial Obama administration ozone regulation proposal could erase recent gains and launch a new round of job losses, business and manufacturing officials from NCMA and the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce said Sept.15, 2014. [Sept. 19, 2014]

Special November Hazardous Waste Generator Workshop??

Public File We have tentatively scheduled the Workshop for Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Greensboro. In order to have the Workshop, we need a minimum of 50 attendees. If you are interested in attending please contact jim@myncma.org. [Sept. 19, 2014]

No NCMA Committee Meetings Sept. 18

The NCMA committee meetings that are normally held on the third Thursday of each month have been cancelled for September 18 due to NCMA’s Annual Meeting on Sept.29-30. [Sept. 12, 2014]

Register TODAY to Avoid Late Fee for the 2014 NCMA Annual Meeting

Public File The 2014 Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (NCMA) will take place on September 29 and 30, 2014.  Please take a few minutes to register by Tuesday, Sept. 16 and avoid the $50 late fee. [Sept. 12, 2014]

Support the NCMA Political Action Committee – NCMAPAC

Public File The costs associated with running for political office have skyrocketed in recent years.  It is imperative that manufacturers support candidates who understand your business needs.  Here are two ways you can support NCMAPAC. [Sept. 12, 2014]

Please Share the NCMA Annual Meeting Agenda With Others in Your Company

Public File Many of the NCMA “regulars” have responsibilities for the environmental, health, and/or safety activities of their respective companies.  However the 2014 NCMA Annual Meeting agenda covers far more than just EHS matters.  Take a moment to share our agenda with others in your company.. [Sept. 12, 2014]

Time to Vote: NCMA 2015 Issues Ballot in The Mail: Please Return by Sept. 17

In preparation for NCMA's 2014 Annual Meeting, we have sent the “NCMA 2015 Issues Ballot” to the principal contact for each member company (as listed in the NCMA Membership Directory). [Sept. 12, 2014]

EMC Moves to Repeal State's Version of GHG Tailoring Rule

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) voted Sept 11, 2014, to begin the process of repealing state rules identical to the federal “tailoring rules” overturned recently by the US Supreme Court. [Sept. 12, 2014]

EMC Puts Hydrologic Models on Hold to Seek Clarification of Ecological Flow

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) voted Sept. 11, 2014 to defer approval of three river basin hydrologic models until the General Assembly can clarify and better define “ecological flow”. [Sept. 12, 2014]

Gov. McCrory Will Let Coal Ash Bill Become Law without His Signature

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Sept. 9, 2014 that he will let the Coal Ash Management Act (Senate Bill 729) passed by North Carolina’s General Assembly Aug. 20, become law without his signature. [Sept. 12, 2014]

Environmental Coalition Forms over Proposed Dominion Gas Pipeline

A coalition of 22 organizations from across Virginia and West Virginia has fan alliance in response to the Sept. 2, 2014 announcement of the proposed 550-mile natural gas pipeline from Harrison County, WV, to Robeson County, NC. [Sept. 12, 2014]

CAPCA Fall Conference Oct.15-17

The Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association (CAPCA) will hold its annual Fall Conference Oct. 15–17, 2014, at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort, Myrtle Beach, S.C. For more information go to: http://capca-carolinas.org/conferences/2014-fall/. [Sept. 12, 2014]

Final Agenda Set For NCMA's Annual Meeting on Sept. 29-30

Don’t miss NCMA’s  2014 Annual Meeting on Sept. 29-30. Take a look at the great topics and outstanding speakers on this year’s agenda. [Sept. 5, 2014]

Environmental Management Commission Will Meet Sept. 11 and 12

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and three of its committees will meet Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2014, and Thursday, Sept. 12, 2014. The list of items of potential interest to NCMA members include... [Sept. 5, 2014]

John C. Evans Named General Counsel for N.C. DENR

N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary John E. Skvarla has named John Evans as general counsel for the state environmental agency. [Sept. 5, 2014]

EPA Staff Calls For Lowering Ozone NAAQS to 60-70 PPB

EPA staff issued a final policy assessment Aug. 29, 2014 calling for a tightening of the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) of 75 parts per billion (ppb) down to a range between 60-70. [Sept. 5, 2014]

NC Legislative Update: Reg Reform Passes and It's Still Not Over Yet!

Most observers thought that when the NC General Assembly returned to Raleigh late last week they would wrap up the remaining issues that were left hanging when they adjourned two weeks earlier.  But after sessions on Thursday and Friday, August 14-15, they surprised us all again.  Both the Senate and the House will be back in Raleigh August 18. [August 18, 2014]

Annual "Issues Meeting" for All NCMA Committees Thurs. Aug. 21

NCMA’s three standing committees, Science and Technology, Safety, and Government Affairs, will meet jointly at 10 AM on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at the NCMA office for our annual meeting to develop an initial list of priority issues for 2015. [August 18, 2014]

Register Now and Reserve Your Room for the 2014 NCMA Annual Meeting

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (NCMA) will take place at the Holiday Inn Resort at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on September 29 and 30, 2014.  Please take a few minutes today to register and to reserve your room. [August 18, 2014]

Van der Vaart Named Deputy Secretary for DENR

N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary John E. Skvarla announced Aug. 6, 2014 that he has named Donald van der Vaart as deputy secretary for the agency. [August 18, 2014]

Legislative Session Adjourns – Well Sorta?

The NC Senate took its final vote on the appropriations bill and completed its work in the wee hours of Friday, August 1, 2014, sent its adjournment resolution to the House, and left town; and the NC House passed the appropriations bill, completed its work, and sent its own version of the adjournment resolution to the Senate, and left town Saturday morning, August 2. So now what? [August 4, 2014]

Governor Issues Coal Ash Executive Order After Legislature Fails to Agree

On Friday, August 1,2014,  just a few hours after the NC Senate and House of Representatives failed in their efforts to reach agreement on coal ash management legislation, Governor McCrory issued an Executive Order Addressing Coal Ash in North Carolina. [August 4, 2014]

New Law Directs EMC to Adopt Replacement Buffer Mitigation Rule

Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law Aug. 1, 2014, Senate Bill 883. The bill disapproves existing riparian buffer mitigation rules adopted in 2013 and requires the EMC to adopt new rules recommended by a stakeholders group. [August 4, 2014]

NC Science Advisory Board Will Meet to Discuss Toxic Air Pollutants Aug. 6

The North Carolina Science Advisory Board (NCSAB) on Toxic Air Pollutants will meet on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM via teleconference. [August 4, 2014]

Avoid Late Fee at 2014 EEHS School - Register by Aug 8

Register today and save money when attending NCMAs 2014 North Carolina Environmental, Energy, Health & Safety (EEHS) School on August 25-26, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. You can avoid the $75 late fee if you register before August 8, 2014. [August 4, 2014]

Next DAQ Outside Involvement Committee Meeting Aug. 12

The Division of Air Quality’s (DAQ) Outside Involvement Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.  The meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. in Room 1210, Green Square, 217 West Jones Street, Raleigh.  The meeting is open to all and can be accessed via webennar. [August 4, 2014]

State Air Quality Director Speaks At EPA Public Hearing On Carbon Rules

EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan for regulating greenhouse gas emissions has legal and technical issues that should be addressed before moving forward with the rules, according to comments submitted on the plan by the N.C. DENR. [August 4, 2014]

Annual "Issues Meeting" for All NCMA Committees Thurs. Aug. 21

NCMA’s three standing committees will meet jointly at 10 AM on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at the NCMA office for our annual meeting to develop an initial list of priority issues that deserve the focus of NCMA's efforts and resources during 2015. [August 4, 2014]

Report: DHS Fails To Inspect Many Chemical Plants Vulnerable To Terror Threats

The U.S. government has failed to inspect nearly all of the chemical facilities it considers to be highly vulnerable to terrorist attacks, according to a report commissioned by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. [August 4, 2014]

New Member Appointed to Environmental Management Commission (EMC)

The President Pro Tempore of the North Carolina Senate has made his appointment to the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) to fill the unexpired term of Steve Keen. [August 4, 2014]

This Week's Legislative Summary – July 14-18

It seemed like a long, busy week at the North Carolina General Assembly; but in fact, there was very little movement on bills of interest to NCMA members.  Here’s a summary. [July 18, 2014]

Correction: July NCMA Committee Meetings Times for July 24

NCMAs Science & Technology (S&T) Committee and NCMAs Government Affairs Committee will meet jointly at 10 AM on Thursday, July 24, 2014, (NOT at 1PM and 2 PM as previously announced). The NCMA Board will meet at 1 PM on Thursday, July 24, 2014 (NOT at 10 AM as previously announced). Lunch will be served between meetings. [July 14, 2014]

Early Bird Discount for 2014 EEHS School Ends July 18

[Public File] Register today and save money when attending NCMA’s 2014 North Carolina Environmental, Energy, Health & Safety (EEHS) School on August 25-26, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. [July 11, 2014]

Coal Ash Legislation Passes the House

On Thursday, July 3, SB 729 – Coal Ash Management Act of 2014 passed its third reading in the NC House by a bi-partisan vote of 94-16.  The bill was returned to the Senate for concurrence, but the Senate has not yet take up the bill. [July 11, 2014]

EMC to Begin Rulemaking on Risk-Based Cleanup of All Petroleum Releases

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) voted July 10 to begin the process of adopting risk-based cleanup rules for above ground storage tanks (ASTs) and other releases of petroleum products regardless of source. [July 11, 2014]

Public Hearings Scheduled to Gather Comments on Revised Water Quality Standards

Proposed revisions to state water quality standards, including the benchmarks the state uses to evaluate metals, will be the subject of two public hearings conducted this month by the N.C. Environmental Management Commission. [July 11, 2014]

Federal Study Proposes to Reclassify TCE as a Known Carcinogen

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) issued a draft report June 27, 2014 recommending that trichloroethylene (TCE) be classified as “known to be a human carcinogen”. McGuireWoods, an NCMA Business Partner, is holding a webinar to discuss the legal and business implications. [July 11, 2014]

Environmental Management Commission Will Meet July 9 and 10

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and five of its committees will meet Wednesday, July 9, 2014, and Thursday, July 10, 2014. The list of items of potential interest to NCMA members include... [July 8, 2014]

NCMA Government Affairs Conference Call Every Monday During Session

NCMA’s Government Affairs Committee has a conference call to discuss pending legislation every Monday at 11 AM when the North Carolina General Assembly is in session.  All NCMA members are invited to participate. [June 27, 2014]

Coal Ash Bill Approved by the NC Senate

On Wednesday, June 25, 2014 members of the NC Senate unanimously adopted SB 729 – Coal Ash Management Act of 2014.  The bill has been sent to the NC House and will receive its first hearing on Tuesday, July 1. [June 27, 2014]

Bill Changing Time Limits for Lawsuits over Groundwater Contamination Becomes Law and Is Then Strengthen Again

On June 20, 2014 Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a bill clarifying that certain civil actions relating to groundwater contamination are not subject to the state’s ten-year statute of repose. Six days later the General Assembly amended the law again to make it even more stringent. [June 27, 2014]

House Passes Its Version of Environmental Regulatory Reform

On June 23, 2014 the North Carolina House passed its version of regulatory reform legislation dealing with environmental issues. Included in the House version are several items of interest to NCMA members including ... [June 27, 2014]

Keeping Track of Bills at the North Carolina General Assembly

NCMA’s Bill Tracker Report provides information on the status of bills of interest to North Carolina manufacturers. Link to NCMA’s Bill Tracker Report for June 27, 2014. [June 27, 2014]

Supreme Court Limits EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

On June 23, 2014, the United States Supreme Court imposed limits on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to regulate greenhouse gases (GHG), principally carbon dioxide, under the Clean Air Act (Act). Charles S. Carter of NCMA Business Partner Nexsen Pruet PLLC analyzes the decision for NCMA members. [June 27, 2014]

Public Hearing Set on Stormwater and Water Quality Rules for Fracking

State officials will host a public hearing on July 1, 2014 in Sanford on a proposed rule that would put in place stormwater management requirements for oil and gas exploration and production sites, and proposed revisions to four land application and wastewater reuse rules. [June 27, 2014]

N.C. Energy Policy Council, Committees to Meet July 9

The North Carolina Energy Policy Council will meet at 1 p.m. July 9 in the William G. Ross, Jr. Environmental Conference Center on the fourth floor of the Nature Research Center, 121 West Jones St., Raleigh. [June 27, 2014]

NC Labor Department Recognizes NCMA Members with Safety Awards

[Public File] The N.C. Department of Labor honored five NCMA member companies and their employees at the agency’s annual regional safety awards banquets in Asheville on June 24, 2014, and in Hickory on June 26, 2014. NCMA member companies honored for their safety record were: Shurtape Technologies, Kimberly-Clark Corp, Corning Cable Systems, International Paper Co, and Louisiana Pacific. [June 27, 2014]

Registration Opens for NCMA's 2014 North Carolina Environmental, Energy, Health and Safety (EEHS) School

[Public Story] Register today for NCMA’s NorthCarolina Environmental, Energy, Health and Safety (EEHS) School. Now in our 13th year, the annual school is North Carolina's premier conference and exhibition for environmental, energy, health and safety professionals. Register today at: http://www.myncma.org/EEHS_School/index.htm. [June 27, 2014]

NCMA Committees Will Meet Jointly Thursday, June 19 @ 1 PM

NCMA’s Science & Technology (S&T) Committee and NCMA’s Government Affairs Committee will meet jointly on Thursday, June 19, 2014 beginning at 1 PM. [June 12, 2014]

NC House Budget Bill Would Cap New EPCRA Tier II Fees

The budget bill released by the North Carolina House June 11, places a cap on the fees charged for reporting chemicals on the EPCRA Tier II reports. [June 12, 2014]

Supreme Court Rules CERCLA Doesn't Preempt NC Statute of Repose

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 9, 2014 that the federal Superfund law does not preempt North Carolina's statute of repose for hazardous substance related lawsuits. [June 12, 2014]

Federal Task Force Proposes Chemical Safety Overhaul

A federal task force proposed June 6, 2014 a sweeping plan to shore up safety at the nation’s chemical plants. [June 10, 2014]

Newspaper: How Dangerous Is Coal Ash? Well, That Depends

If coal ash were a person, it would need a really good psychiatrist to treat a classic case of schizophrenia. Is this power-plant byproduct the “toxic sludge” or is it the potentially beneficial substance? The Greensboro News & Record [June 9, 2014]

NC Labor Department Recognizes NCMA Members with Safety Awards

[Public Story] The N.C. Department of Labor honored eight NCMA member companies and their employees at the agency’s annual regional safety awards banquets June 4 & 6, 2014. NCMA member companies honored for their safety record were: Caterpillar, E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Evergreen Packaging Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, International Paper, Novozymes North America Inc., Syngenta Biotechnology Inc., and Weyerhaeuser. [June 9, 2014]

NCMA Government Affairs Conference Call Every Monday During Session

NCMA’s Government Affairs Committee has a conference call to discuss pending legislation every Monday at 11 AM when the North Carolina General Assembly is in session.  All NCMA members are invited to participate. [June 6, 2014]

NCMA Legislative Reception on Tuesday, June 10: Register Today

On the evening of June 10, NCMA will hold its annual Legislative Reception (formerly “Shrimparoo”) from 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM. If you are planning to attend the Legislative Reception, please let us know by registering. [June 6, 2014]

Senate Committee Hears Coal Ash Proposal

On Thursday, June 5, 2014, senior officials in DENR described the major components of Senate Bill 729 – Governor’s Coal Ash Action Plan to the Senate Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee.  Here is a summary of the proposal. [June 6, 2014]

Keeping Track of Bills at the North Carolina General Assembly

NCMA’s Bill Tracker Report provides information on the status of bills of interest to North Carolina manufacturers. Link to NCMA’s Bill Tracker Report for June 6, 2014. [June 6, 2014]

NC Labor Department Recognizes NCMA Members with Safety Awards

[Public Story] The N.C. Department of Labor honored five NCMA member companies and their employees at the agency’s annual regional safety awards banquet in Wilmington on Tuesday, June 3. NCMA member companies honored for their safety record were: Archer Daniels Midland Co, Corning Inc. DAK Americas, International Paper, and Titan America. [June 6, 2014]

Newspaper: What Do Carbon Rules Mean For The Triad, North Carolina?

If you want to understand the likely impact on North Carolina of the U.S. EPA's newly proposed carbon rule for power plants, join the club the Greensboro News & Record reported June 3, 2014. NCMA President Preston Howard is quoted in the story. [June 6, 2014]

EPA's Proposed Power Plant Regulations – Simpler than You Think

The U.S. EPA released its long-anticipated proposal for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants on June 2, 2014, to much fanfare.  The proposal is simpler than it looks JD Supra Business Advisor reports. [June 6, 2014]

Court Rejects EPA Guidance on Aggregate 'Major Source' Permitting

On May 30, 2014 a federal appeals court rejected U.S. EPA’s guidance on determining whether to combine multiple, adjacent air pollution sources for permitting. [June 6, 2014]

NC DOT Wants to Hear from NCMA Members by June 3 on Statewide Rail Plan

The North Carolina DOT is developing a Comprehensive Statewide Rail Plan and has invited NCMA members to participate in an upcoming “manufacturing industry input meeting” on June 3. [May 23, 2014]

NCSAB to Take Final Vote on Cadmium AAL at May 28 Meeting

The North Carolina Science Advisory Board (NCSAB) on Toxic Air Pollutants will meet on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM via teleconference. [May 23, 2014]

Senate Introduces SB 734 – Regulatory Reform Act of 2014

On May 20, 2014, the NC Senate Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee converted a one-page bill concerning adoption of certain environmental and agricultural ordinances by local governments into a 61-page regulatory reform act. [May 23, 2014]

NC Senate Passes Energy Modernization (aka "Fracking") Bill

The North Carolina Senate focused much of its attention this week to passage of the SB 786 - Energy Modernization Act.  The bill passed third reading on the Senate floor yesterday and now goes to the House of Representatives. Here is what it does.... [May 23, 2014]

Coal Ash Legislation Introduced in the Senate

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and Rules Committee Chairman Tom Apadaca have introduced SB 729 – Governor’s Coal Ash Action Plan.  The the provisions of the bill closely mirror the coal ash management reform proposals offered by Governor. [May 23, 2014]

Keeping Track of Bills at the North Carolina General Assembly

NCMA’s Bill Tracker Report provides information on the status of bills of interest to North Carolina manufacturers. Link to NCMA’s Bill Tracker Report for May 23, 2014

EPA and Duke Energy enter Agreement to Cleanup Coal Ash Release

The U.S.EPA announced May 22, 2014 that it had signed an enforceable agreement with Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (Duke) to perform a comprehensive assessment and cleanuo of the coal ash spill that occurred at the Dan River Steam Station on February 2, 2014. [May 23, 2014]

NCMA Legislative Reception on Tuesday, June 10: Register Now

Mark your calendars! On the evening of June 10, NCMA will hold its annual Legislative Reception in Raleigh. [May 16, 2014]

Matt Mathews Announces Retirement

Matt Mathews, Water Quality Permitting Section Chief in the Division of Water Resources (DWR), has announced his retirement from state government effective June 27. [May 16, 2014]

EPA Publishes Revised SPCC Guidance

EPA has released revised guidance intended to improve understanding of its Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) requirements. [May 16, 2014]

Environmental Management Commission Will Meet May 7 and 8

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and three of its committees will meet this Wednesday, May 7, 2014, and Thursday, May 8, 2014. The list of items of potential interest to NCMA members include... [May 2, 2014]

Membership on Environmental Management Commission Changing

New member appointed, existing member resigns. [May 2, 2014]

New Director of State Division of Waste Management Named

The N. C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Secretary John Skvarla announced May 2 the appointment of a new director of the state Division of Waste Management, effective June 1. [May 2, 2014]

Supreme Court Reinstates EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

On April 29, 2014, the United States Supreme Court upheld EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) regulations and reversed the 2012 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia invalidating the rules. Charles Carter of NCMA Business Partner Nexsen Pruet analyzes the decision for NCMA members. [May 2, 2014]

Revised NC Air Toxics Rule Becomes Effective May 1, 2014

Significant, and long awaited, reforms to the State Air Toxics Program were approved without any letters of objection by the Rules Review Commission on April 17, 2014 and will therefore become effective on May 1, 2014. [April 25, 2014]

Duke Energy Shares Ash Pond Strategies – and Costs – with Legislators

Duke Energy gave NC legislators an update on the progress of the company’s cleanup and restoration activities following the Feb. 2, 2014 coal ash spill at the Dan River plant site.  Newton also provided the ERC with Duke’s first publicly-shared cost estimates. [April 25, 2014]

Governor McCrory Announces Draft Legislation to Address Coal Ash and Spills

Gov. McCrory released draft legislation April 16, 2014 that would address coal ash ponds closure and regulation and change the state law on reporting spills of any untreated wastewater. [April 25, 2014]

Governor Irks Legislators in Coal Ash Pond Announcement

Gov.McCrory miffed some leaders in his own party when he unveiled what he termed a “comprehensive plan” for dealing with North Carolina’s coal ash crisis,The Greensboro News & Record reported April 22, 2014. [April 25, 2014]

EMC Appeals Court Decision Requiring Immediate Removal of Sources of Groundwater Contamination

On April 7, 2014 the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission (EMC) filed an appeal of a March 6, 2014 Superior Court decision interpreting the State's groundwater corrective action regulations. (15A NCAC 2L .0101 et seq). [April 11, 2014]

ERC Make Legislative Proposals for 2014 Short Session

The Environmental Review Commission (ERC) of the North Carolina General Assembly issued its final report April 9, 2014 containing proposed legislative changes to the state’s environmental laws for consideration during the General Assembly’s short session.[April 11, 2014]

Environmental Review Commission Meeting April 22 to Discuss Coal Ash

The North Carolina General Assembly’s Environmental Review Commission (ERC) will meet on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM in Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh to discuss the management of coal. [April 11, 2014]

NCMA May Committee Meetings Set for Wednesday May 14

NCMAs Science & Technology (S&T) Committee and NCMAs Government Affairs Committee will meet jointly on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 10 AM to noon. April 11, 2014]

Over 2700 Facilities May Be Subject to Immediate Corrective Action under Recent NC Court Decision

NCDENR estimates over 2700 non-coal ash facilities that may be required to take "immediate action to eliminate the source or sources of groundwater contamination” under a recent court order interpreting the State's groundwater corrective action regulations [March 28, 2014]

Hazardous Waste Workshops Filling Quickly: Salisbury & Raleigh Closed

The Hazardous Waste Workshops co-sponsored by NCMA and the North Carolina Division of Waste Management (DWM) in Salisbury on May 1, 2014 and Raleigh on May 15, 2014 are filled. There is still space available in Wilmington on May 8 and Asheville on May 22. [March 28, 2014]

DENR Hires Former US Prosecutor for Grand Jury Coal Ash Probe

DENR has hired a former U.S. attorney with ties to the prosecutor who is heading the federal investigation into possible environmental and other crimes related to coal ash pollution and to Duke Energy. [March 28, 2014]

DENR Asks To Withdraw From Consent Order With Duke Energy

DENR has asked a judge to allow the state agency to withdraw its support for a proposed consent order regarding two of Duke Energy’s facilities with coal ash impoundments. [March 28, 2014]

EPA Agrees to Join DENR in Reviewing Coal Ash Spill

The federal EPA will join North Carolina regulators in addressing potential violations of the Clean Water Act at Duke Energy power plants, John Skvarla, secretary of the state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced. [March 28, 2014]

Environmental Group: No Coal Ash Moved to Landfills, Use Encapsulation

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) released a technical report March 24, 2014 which opposes the transfer of coal ash waste from power plant sites to solid waste landfills, and recommends “saltstone” technology as the remediation action of choice. [March 28, 2014]

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to EPA Powers to Veto COE Permits

The U.S. Supreme Court on March 24, 2014 declined to review whether the Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its powers when it retroactively vetoed a permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers (COE) for a large West Virginia mountaintop coal mine. [March 28, 2014]

EPA and Army Corp Release CWA Jurisdiction Proposal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) jointly released a proposed rule March 25, 2014 to clarify and expand the reach of the Clean Water Act (CWA) over some wetlands and other smaller waters. [March 28, 2014]

Your Company Will Be Impacted by State's Decisions on Coal Ash Management

But did you know that the decisions that arise from the ongoing debates over coal ash management will not only impact Duke Energy.....they will also impact your operations in North Carolina! [March 21, 2014]

Work Sharing - Would Your Company Use it in North Carolina?

NCMA is attempting to determine to what extent work sharing is utilized by its member companies, and if it would be utilized more often if workers compensation laws were revised to make it a more desirable tool. [March 21, 2014]

NC Legislature Likely To Amend Spill Reporting Requirements

The Environmental Review Commission (ERC) of the North Carolina General Assembly is expected to recommend legislation to amend the state’s requirements for reporting wastewater spills. [March 21, 2014]

2014 Inaugural Manufacturers Zero Waste Conference April 1-2

The Carolina Recycling Association (CRA) is hosting the first-ever dedicated Manufacturers Zero Waste Conference April 1-2, 2014 at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. NCMA is helping sponsor the event and encourages our members to attend. For more information about the Manufacturers Zero Waste Conference, go to: http://cra.onefireplace.org/zerowaste2014. [March 21, 2014]

NCMA April Committee Meeting Rescheduled for Thursday, April 10

The April meeting of NCMA’s Science & Technology (S&T) Committee and NCMA’s Government Affairs Committee will be held on Thursday, April10, 2014 at 1 PM and 2 PM respectively. [March 21, 2014]

CAPCA 2014 Spring Conference April 16–18

The Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association (CAPCA) will hold its annual Spring Conference April 16-18, 2014 at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. For more information or to register go to: http://capca-carolinas.org/conferences/2014-spring/. [March 21, 2014]

Federal Grand Jury Begins Probe of DENR-Duke Energy Relations

Federal prosecutors have issued at least 23 grand jury subpoenas in their criminal probe of the relationship between Duke Energy and the state environmental agency tasked with regulating the country’s largest electricity provider, The News & Observer reported March 18, 2014. [March 21, 2014]

DENR Cuts Jobs In Wetlands Restoration Program

Nearly one-third of the jobs in the section of the state environmental agency that handles stream and wetlands restoration were eliminated this week, The News & Observer reported March 16, 2014. [March 21, 2014]

Editorial: For The Sake Of North Carolina, Skvarla Must Go

If Gov. Pat McCrory wants to preserve even a shred of credibility with North Carolina voters, he’s got to fire John Skvarla. Not tomorrow or the day after. Now, The News & Observer said March 18, 2014 on its editorial page. [March 21, 2014]

Editorial: Legislature Shouldn't Let Corporate Lobbyists Write State Laws

We now know just how active Duke Energy lobbyists have been in crafting state law. The public should be outraged that lobbyists play such a prominent role in the legislative process the Wilmington Star News said in a March 18, 2014 editorial. [March 21, 2014]

DENR Announces Action To Address Deficiencies At Three Coal Ash Facilities

State environmental regulators announced March 14, 2014 that it plans to modify permits to require Duke Energy to eliminate all unauthorized discharges and potentially move coal ash from the basins at the Riverbend and Asheville power plants. [March 21, 2014]

NCMA Monthly Committee Meetings This Wednesday, March 19

NCMA's Science & Technology (S&T) Committee and NCMAs Government Affairs Committee will meet this Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 1 PM and 2 PM respectively. [March 14, 2014]

EMC Adopts Significant Reforms to the State Air Toxics Program

On March 13, 2014, the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission (EMC) unanimously adopted significant, and long awaited, reforms to the State Air Toxics Program.  The reforms will go to the Rules Review Commission for approval on March 20, 2014.  [March 14, 2014]

Your Company Will Be Impacted by State's Decisions On Coal Ash Management

If you read the newspapers stories or listen to the radio, then you know of the furor and debate over how best to manage coal ash.  But did you know that the decisions that arise from those debates will not only impact Duke Energy, they will also impact your operations in NC! [March 14, 2014]

EMC Dismisses Challenge to Titan Air Permit for Failure to Prove Substantial Prejudice

A special committee of the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission (EMC) ruled March 12, 2014 that citizens challenging the air permit for a proposed cement plant failed to show that they would be “substantially prejudiced” by the issuance of the permit. [March 14, 2014]

Court Reverses Part of EMC Interpretation of Groundwater Corrective Action Rules

On March 6, 2014, a Wake County Superior Court judge issued an order reversing part of a 2012 declaratory ruling by the N.C.  Environmental Management Commission (EMC) concerning regulation of coal ash ponds under state groundwater rules. [March 14, 2014]

LAST CALL: 2014 NC Air Quality Compliance Workshop

March 14 is the last day to register for the 2014 Air Quality Compliance Workshops co-sponsored by the North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (NCMA) and the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (DAQ), without incurring a $50 late fee. [March 14, 2014]

Newspaper: DENR Rejects Duke's Coal Ash Plan, Amid Accusations of Leniency

An advocacy group stepped up its efforts to portray the state’s environmental regulators as too close to Duke Energy. At the same time, a public rift between the agency and the utility widened, The News & Observer reported March 14, 2014. [March 14, 2014]

NC Democrats to Push Bill to Move All Coal Ash

Democrats at the North Carolina legislature rolled out a nine-point legislative proposal March 13, 2014 they plan to introduce to address the dispose of and monitoring of coal ash now sitting in pits throughout the state The News & Observer reported March 14, 2014. [March 14, 2014]

Lawmakers: Coal Ash Cleanup Should Not Raise Rates

Some lawmakers say they are unhappy with the prospect of Duke Energy raising rates to pay for the cleanup of coal ash ponds across North Carolina, wral.com reported March 13. [March 14, 2014]

Utilities Commission Subpoenaed In Duke Energy Coal Ash Probe

Federal investigators have subpoenaed more than 10 years of records from the N.C. Utilities Commission in a continuing criminal investigation of Duke Energy’s coal ash the Greensboro News & Record reported March 11, 2014. [March 14, 2014]

DAQ Publishes Permit and Application Fee Table for Calendar Year 2014

On Feb. 25, 2014 the Division of Air Quality (DAQ) released its annual permit and application fee table for calendar year 2014. [March 14, 2014]

Looking For Your Course Suggestions for EEHS School

NCMA is in the planning process for the 13th Annual North Carolina Environmental, Energy, Health, and Safety School (EEHS School) to be held at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh on August 25-26, 2014 and is looking for your suggestions on courses that we should offer. [March 14, 2014]

Registration Opens for 2014 Hazardous Waste Compliance Workshops

Registration is now open for the 22nd Annual Hazardous Waste Compliance Workshops co-sponsored by NCMA and the North Carolina Division of Waste Management (DWM). [Feb. 21, 2014]

Register Now: 2014 NC Air Quality Compliance Workshop

Don’t miss the 2014 Air Quality Compliance Workshops co-sponsored by NCMA and the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (DAQ). The Workshops will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014 in Raleigh and on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Hickory. [Feb. 21, 2014]

Title V Air Permit Fees to Increase

The Division of Air Quality will beincreasing the Title V fees by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) March 1 as permitted by law. [Feb. 21, 2014]

Winston-Salem Regional Office Has New DAQ Supervisor

The Division of Air Quality has named a new Regional Supervisor in the Winston-Salem Regional Office.  [Feb. 21, 2014]

NC Regulators Defend Their Policing Of Duke Energy

North Carolina’s top environmental regulator defended his oversight of Duke Energy as a criminal probe of the Dan River ash spill sought answers from his staff, The Charlotte Observer reported Feb. 19, 2014. [Feb. 21, 2014]

A Hands-On Boiler Workshop on Wood-Fired Boilers: Feb. 26

The Hickory Chair Company is hosting a “hands-on” boiler workshop that combines the theory and practice for the proper operation of wood-fired boilers on Feb 26, 2014 in Hickory, NC.  [Feb. 21, 2014]

2014 Inaugural Manufacturers Zero Waste Conference April 1-2

The Carolina Recycling Association (CRA) is hosting the first-ever dedicated Manufacturers Zero Waste Conference April 1-2, 2014 at the Omni Grove Park Inn in AshevilleNC. For more information about the Manufacturers Zero Waste Conference, go to: http://cra.onefireplace.org/zerowaste2014 [Feb. 21, 2014]

SAVE THE DATE: NCMA's 2014 Legislative Reception June 10

Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend the 2014 NCMA Legislative Reception which will be held the evening of June 10 at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.  [Feb. 7, 2014]

SAVE THE DATE: 2014 NCMA Annual Meeting Sept. 29-30

Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend the 2014 NCMA Annual Meeting which will be held on September 29 and 30, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Resort at Wrightsville Beach.  [Feb. 7, 2014]

Work Sharing - Would Your Company Use it in North Carolina?

NCMA is attempting to determine to what extent "work sharing" is utilized by its member companies.  [Feb. 7, 2014]

Governor Loses His Top Jobs Adviser

Tony Almeida, Gov. Pat McCrory’s top economic adviser is stepping down The News & Observer reported Feb. 7, 2014. [Feb. 7, 2014]

Next DAQ Outside Involvement Committee Meeting Feb. 11

The Division of Air Quality’s Outside Involvement Committee will meet on Tuesday, Feb.11, 2014. The meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. in Room 1210, Green Square, 217 West Jones Street, Raleigh. The meeting agenda is available.  [Feb. 7, 2014]

Environmental Review Commission Meeting Feb. 12

The North Carolina General Assembly’s Environmental Review Commission (ERC) will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM in Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh.  [Feb. 7, 2014]

DENR Submits Greenhouse Gas Permitting Principles to EPA

DENR Secretary John Skvarla has recently submitted a position paper on implementation of Clean Air Act Section 111(d) for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.  We have a summary for our members. [Feb. 7, 2014]

Governor Directs Duke Energy to Bring Coal Ash Spill Under Control

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory traveled to the site of the coal ash spill in Eden Feb. 6, 2014 to direct Duke Energy to take all needed measures to control the spill so cleanup efforts can begin as soon as possible.  [Feb. 7, 2014]

Another View of Duke Coal Ash Spill "Disaster"

Environmental advocates said Feb. 6, 2014 that they are continuing to monitor the effects of a coal ash spill at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station in Eden. "Basically, this is North Carolina's version of the BP oil spill," said a spokesman.  [Feb. 7, 2014]

Senate Leader Calls for Hearing on Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill

N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger added to the pressure on Duke Energy, calling for a legislative inquiry into the coal ash spill in his hometown of Eden, The Charlotte Observer reported Feb. 7, 2014.  [Feb. 7, 2014]

2014 Inaugural Manufacturers Zero Waste Conference April 1-2

The Carolina Recycling Association (CRA) is hosting the first-ever dedicated Manufacturers Zero Waste Conference April 1-2, 2014 at the Omni Grove Park Inn in AshevilleNC. For more information about the Manufacturers Zero Waste Conference, go to: http://cra.onefireplace.org/zerowaste2014 [Feb. 7, 2014]

EPA Draft Says Science Justifies Stricter Ozone Air Quality Standard

Scientific evidence supports setting a more stringent ozone air quality standard, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a draft document Feb. 3, 2014.  [Feb. 7, 2014]

EPA's 2012 Toxics Release Inventory Shows Air Pollutants Continue to Decline

Total releases of toxic chemicals decreased 12 percent from 2011-2012, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report released Feb. 3, 2014. [Feb. 7, 2014]

First Meeting of Steering Committee for 2014 EEHS School Set for Feb. 5

NCMA is beginning the planning process for the 13th Annual North Carolina Environmental, Energy, Health, and Safety School (EEHS School) to be held at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh on August 25-26, 2014. You do not need to be a member of NCMA to participate.  [Jan. 24, 2014]

Will Proposed Gravel & Built-Upon Area Definitions Affect Development Projects?

At a Jan. 23, 2014 public hearing, the N.C. Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources (DEMLR) offered some guidance on how a temporary change to the state’s  stormwater management rules defining “gravel” and “built-upon area” would affect development projects.  [Jan. 24, 2014]

NC Science Advisory Board Will Discuss Toxicity of Cadmium Jan. 29

The North Carolina Science Advisory Board (NCSAB) on Toxic Air Pollutants is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM. The board will continue its discussion of cadmium. [Jan. 24, 2014]

NC Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy Meeting Feb. 4

The Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at 1:30 PM in Room 544 of the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh. [Jan. 24, 2014]

Environmental Review Commission Meeting Feb. 12

The North Carolina General Assembly’s Environmental Review Commission (ERC) will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM in Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh.  [Jan. 24, 2014]

N.C. Regulators to Explore Discount Power Rates for Industrial Customers

N.C. regulators have opened new proceedings on proposals that were rejected last summer for special rates for large industrial customers of Duke Energy Corp. The Triangle Business Journal reported Jan. 24, 2014.  [Jan. 24, 2014]

What Rules Administered by the Division of Water Resources are "Necessary"

Under the terms of House Bill 74 / Session Law 2013-413, the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) is required to conduct a review of all of its rules to determine which rules are “necessary”. Are there some that are not necessary?  [Jan. 17, 2014]

Your Input Needed on Topics for NCMA's 2014 Air Quality Workshops

We are in the process of putting together the final agenda for the Workshop. If there are any specific topics that you would like to have DAQ discuss at this year's Workshop, please forward them to jim@myNCMA.org [Jan. 17, 2014]

DENR Names van der Vaart State's First Energy Policy Advisor

N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary John E. Skvarla announced Jan. 15, 2014 that he has named Donald van der Vaart, a longtime supervisor in the Division of Air Quality, as the state’s first energy policy advisor.  [Jan. 17, 2014]

Public Hearing Jan. 23 on Stormwater Rule Definition of "Gravel"

DENR will host a public hearing on proposed temporary changes to the state stormwater management rules to define the term “gravel” in Raleigh on Jan. 23. Should you be interested?  [Jan. 17, 2014]

DENR Sues EPA Over Air Quality Regulations

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has filed a lawsuit challenging how the Environmental Protection Agency plans to regulate particulate matter.  [Jan. 17, 2014]

Next DAQ Outside Involvement Committee Meeting Feb. 11

The Division of Air Quality’s Outside Involvement Committee will meet on Tuesday, Feb.11, 2014. The meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. in Room 1210, Green Square, 217 West Jones Street, Raleigh. The meeting agenda is available.  [Jan. 17, 2014]

High Court Takes Up CERCLA Preemption Battle over NC State Law

The US Supreme Court agreed Jan. 10, 2014 to hear an appeal of a North Carolina case that will test the scope of language in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Liability and Compensation Act (CERCLA) on preemption of state toxic tort claims.  [Jan. 17, 2014]

Environmental Groups Say Obama Needs To Address Climate Change More Aggressively

A group of the nation’s leading environmental organizations is breaking with the administration over its energy policy, arguing that the White House needs to apply a strict climate test to all of its energy decisions The Washington Post reported Jan. 17, 2014.  [Jan. 17, 2014]

NCMA Monthly Committee Meetings This Thursday, Jan. 16

NCMA's Science & Technology (S&T) Committee and NCMA's Government Affairs Committee will meet on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at 1 PM and 2 PM respectively.  [Jan. 10, 2014]

Revisions to Arsenic AAL On Hold

The revisions to the Acceptable Ambient Level (AAL) for arsenic approved by the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) in November 2013 will not go into effect because of objections to the rule filed with the Rules Review Commission.   [Jan. 10, 2014]

New Member Named to Environmental Management Commission

On Jan. 7, 2014, Gov. McCrory appointed a new member to the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) in the seat reserved by law for a professional engineer. [Jan. 10, 2014]

Gravel: We Know It When We See It, But Can the EMC Define It?

The EMC spent two days trying to define the term “gravel” under a new state law that allow gravel not to be counted in the “built-upon area” for purposes of stormwater control. The EMC finally voted to move forward with a temporary rule with a new definition. [Jan. 10, 2014]

ERC to Conduct Jan. 14 Hearing on Stormwater Definition of Gravel as Impervious Area

A subcommittee of the NC General Assembly’s Environmental Review Commission (ERC) will hear from interested parties on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 on how partially impervious surfaces are treated in the calculation of built‑upon area under the state’s stormwater programs.   [Jan. 10, 2014]

Environmental Review Commission Meeting Jan. 15

The North Carolina General Assembly’s Environmental Review Commission (ERC) will meet on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:30 AM in Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh. The agenda for the meeting is expected to include:...  [Jan. 10, 2014]

Input Needed on State Study of Impact of Illegal Immigration on Business

The North Carolina Department of Copmmerce is seeking input on a legislatively-mandated study on the impact to business of certain measures for addressing the problem of illegal immigration in this state. [Jan. 10, 2014]

North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission Meeting Jan. 10, 13 & 14

North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission and two of its committees will meet on January 10, 13 and 14, 2014 in the Ground Floor Hearing Room of the Archdale Building in Raleigh.  [Jan. 10, 2014]

Temporary Limitation on Enactment Of Environmental Ordinances By North Carolina Cities And Counties

Are you aware that North Carolina cities and counties are prohibited by a recently passed state law from enacting new environmental ordinances without a unanimous vote. [Jan. 10, 2014]

Lawmakers to Lay Groundwork for Repeal Of NC's Renewables Law

After failing to repeal the state’s renewable energy standard in 2014, legislators are looking at commissioning a study with the long-term aim of building a case against subsidizing green energy, Raleigh’s News & Observer reported Jan. 7, 2014.   [Jan. 10, 2014]

NCMA's 2014 Workshop Calendar

Please mark your calendars for the following annual NCMA sponsored workshops in February, March, April, May and August 2014  [Jan. 10, 2014]

EPA Finalizes Amendment to Due Diligence Standard

EPA issued a final rule Dec. 30, 2013 to amend the standards and practices for conducting all appropriate inquiries under CERCLA to add a reference to a standard practice recently made available by ASTM International. [Jan. 10, 2014]

OSHA Proposed Recordkeeping Rule May Require Company-Wide Reporting

Employers could be required to submit company-wide injury and illness information to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as part of the agency's proposal to rewrite its recordkeeping regulations.  [Jan. 10, 2014]

Environmental Management Commission Will Meet Jan. 8 & 9

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and three of its committees will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, and Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. The list of items of potential interest to NCMA members include...  [Jan. 3, 2014]

NC Plans Business Recruiting To Be More Like Sales

Gov. Pat McCrory's administration is moving to privatize parts of the public agency that woos companies and jobs to North Carolina, hoping to make business recruitment more agile and effective, WRAL.com reported Jan. 3. 2014.  [Jan. 3, 2014]