During the next North Carolina Environmental Management Commission meeting, members will consider a resolution asking state and federal leaders to allot more funding for landowner cost-share programs that reduce pollution entering coastal estuaries.
The commission is to meet 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday in the ground floor hearing room of the Archdale Building at 512 N. Salisbury St, Raleigh. The public can attend the Thursday meeting online or in person.
An agenda and meeting materials can be found online.
The Stakeholder Engagement for Collaborative Coastal Habitats Initiative, or SECCHI, is the public-private partnership the 2021 Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Amendment recommended be developed. The group has already presented the resolution to Marine Fisheries Commission and Coastal Resources Commission for endorsement and support. Both commissions approved the resolution during their recent meetings.
The full commission will also consider a request to approve the hearing officer’s report on proposed revisions to sulfur dioxide emissions from combustion sources.
Committees are scheduled to meet Wednesday before the full commission meeting. These meetings can be attended online or in person.
The day begins at 10:30 a.m. with the groundwater and waste management committee, when there will be an overview of the Division of Waste Management Site Assessment and Remediation.
During the 12:30 p.m. water quality committee, members will hear about the resolution from SECCHI going before the board on Thursday, and NCDEQ’s Updated Stormwater Nitrogen and Phosphorus, or SNAP, Tool that calculates annual runoff and nitrogen and
phosphorus export from a development site and other stormwater data.
The meetings will wrap up with the 2:45 p.m. air quality committee who will hear an update on the proposed Advanced Clean Trucks Rule, or ACT Rule. Gov. Roy Cooper signed Oct. 25, 2022, and executive order charging the Department of Environmental Quality to initiate the rulemaking process for ACT program.
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 divisions of the Department of Environmental Quality.