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Public Hearing on Active Energy facility in Lumberton


WHAT: Public Meeting/Public Hearing on Active Energy facility in Lumberton
WHEN: Monday, March 16 at 6 PM
WHERE: Bill Sapp Recreation Center, 1100 N. Cedar St., Lumberton

If you’re interested in carpooling from Wilmington, please contact Pauline Endo at pauline.endo@gmail.com

  • A British company, Activer Energy Group, is applying for an air permit to open a wood pellet plant facility in Lumberton to export 39,420 tons of wood pellets to the EU & UK. According to the NC Dept of Environmental Quality community mapping tool, the Active Energy Group plant in Lumberton is near at least a dozen pollution sources:
  • The Town of Lumberton’s solid waste landfill;
  • Two inactive hazardous waste sites;
  • Three above-ground storage tank incidents;
  • Two closed coal ash structural fill sites;
  • One unlined landfill;
  • Duke Energy’s former Weatherspoon plant, where the coal ash is being excavated;
    A brownfields site, where solvents had been detected in the groundwater;
  • And a NC Renewable Power plant, a major pollutant source that burns poultry litter and wood waste; DAQ recently cited the facility for three exceedances of nitrogen oxide in 2018.

Please consider leaving a public comment or attending the public hearing to stand for forests! We will be carpooling from Wilmington. If interested, please e-mail Pauline Endo at pauline.endo@gmail.com

Public comment period
February 14, 2020- March 20, 2020

NC DEQ links
Overview: bit.ly/2Irvw6P (links to public notice, draft permit, fact sheet, etc)

Contact for public comments, document requests and additional information:
Mr. Gregory Reeves
N.C. Division of Air Quality
225 Green Street, Suite 714
Fayetteville, NC 28301-5095
Email comments to DAQ.publiccomments@ncdenr.gov. Please type “Active Energy Renewable Power” in the subject line.

Public Comment Period and Hearings on Proposed Log Fumigation Rule


What: Public Hearing on Proposed Log Fumigation Rule and Methyl Bromide AAL

Where: Cape Fear Cape Fear Community College, Union Station, 502 N Front St., Wilmington, NC 28401

When: March 18, 2020, 6:00 pm

In 2019, DAQ began the process of regulating methyl bromide as a toxic air pollutant due to the increase in businesses interested in using methyl bromide for log fumigation in North Carolina. This resulted in an initial public comment period and two public hearings to receive public input on an Acceptable Ambient Level (AAL) in North Carolina. On January 9, 2020, the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) approved receiving additional public comments on proposed AAL values and averaging times.

A proposed amendment adds methyl bromide to the toxic air pollutant list with an acute AAL of 0.078 mg/m3 with a 24-hour averaging time, paired with a chronic AAL of 0.005 mg/m3 with an annual averaging time. The 0.005 mg/m3 value is based on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) chronic reference concentration (RfC). The 0.078 mg/m3 value is based on the minimal risk level (intermediate) from the April 2018 Draft for Public Comment Toxicological Profile for Bromomethane prepared by the federal Centers for Disease Control’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

In addition, the EMC also requests public comment on an acute AAL value for methyl bromide within a range of 0.078 mg/m3 to 1.29 mg/m3 with a 24-hour averaging time. These AAL values would be paired with a chronic AAL of 0.005 mg/m3 with an annual averaging time. The acute toxicity value of 1.29 mg/m3 is included in the Draft Human Risk Assessment for Registration Review for methyl bromide, a Federal Insecticide, Rodenticide, Fungicide (FIFRA) pesticide re-registration review document prepared by the U.S. EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

The public comment period will be open until April 3, 2020. Comments may be submitted by email to daq.publiccomments@ncdenr.gov with the subject line “Revised Log Fumigation.” Written comments can also be mailed to:

Patrick Knowlson
Division of Air Quality
1641 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1641

The proposed rule, amendment, and fiscal note are available online at https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/air-quality-rules/rules-hearing-process.

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