The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission will meet remotely next week to discuss removing the swamp classification for part of the Cape Fear River and a permitting gap for some wetlands in the state.
The public is invited to attend the meetings set for May 12 and May 13 online or by phone.
The commission’s committee meetings will begin at 9 a.m. May 12 with the air quality committee, at 10:15 a.m. the groundwater and waste management committee is scheduled to meet, followed by the water quality committee at 1 p.m. Link to join the meetings.
The commission will discuss during the May 13 meeting the proposed removal of the swamp classification and proposed removal of a part of a water quality management plan for a portion of the Cape Fear River.
There will be a discussion on a proposed permitting mechanism for classified wetlands and classified surface waters in the state that are no longer eligible for permitting through the Clean Water Act because of a recent change in Federal Rule.
The commission will also consider proposed revisions to municipal solid waste landfill rules.
The Environmental Management Commission is responsible for adopting rules for the protection, preservation and enhancement of the state’s air, land and water resources. The commission oversees and adopts rules for several divisions of the Department of Environmental Quality, including the divisions of Air Quality; Energy, Mineral and Land Resources; Waste Management and Water Resources.