Division of Air Quality

Active Energy Group

The Active Energy Renewable Power Company is waiting for approval of an air quality permit from state regulators for North Carolina’s first “black” wood pellet plant. A decision is expected before the end of next month. 

Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR

North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has created a draft proposal to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.  However, the EPA will likely reject the state’s strategy, since it addresses only a third of the overall requirements for carbon dioxide reductions.  At a recent public hearing in Wilmington, WHQR’s Isabelle Shepherd reports over one hundred people came out to call for a more thorough proposal. 

Photograph taken by Dori (dori@merr.info) / Wikimedia Commons

The levels of toxic mercury floating around in North Carolina’s air have taken a stunning nosedive over the last ten years. 

Titan America received its state air permit Wednesday after a nearly four-year application process. 

Three years after announcing its plans to operate a cement plant in Castle Hayne, Titan America is still waiting to hear a final decision regarding an air permit from the state Division of Air Quality.