When the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission meets this month, members are to hear recommendations concerning a new law to amend the state’s wetland rules.
The committees will meet from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10. The full commission meeting is to start at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11. The public may attend the meeting in the Ground Floor Hearing Room of the Archdale Building in Raleigh in person or join the meeting by computer or phone.
In the 2023 North Carolina Farm Act, the commission was directed to amend the state’s wetland rules to be consistent with the federal “waters of the United States” or WOTUS, revised in 2023 because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that isolated wetlands are not protected under the Clean Water Act.
The agenda also includes a discussion on their case against the Rules Review Commission’s for “unlawful objection to EMC’s proposed rule amendments codifying its pre-existing narrative standards for the carcinogenic toxin 1,4-Dioxane,” and an update on the revision to a discharge permit from seafood packing and rinsing, aquatic animal operations, and similarly designated wastewaters for aquaculture.
Meeting information, including draft agendas and additional materials can be found on the commission website.