Polluting facilities must apply for permits before they construct, operate, and renovate their facilities
Pollution can occur due to discharges to water, air, or soil
NC DEQ is responsible for the following actions when a facility submits a permit application
Setting pollution discharge limits
Drafting the facility’s draft permit
Notifying the public of the application submission
Providing opportunities for public input
CWFNC Reviews Draft Permits Based on the Following Considerations
- Impact to an Environmental Justice Community
- Impact on drinking water sources
- Connection with CWFNC Mission, Goals and Statewide Impact
- Scope of Community Need
- History of the Issue with Relationship to CWFNC
CWFNC Follows These Steps in Reviewing a Draft Permit
|Thoroughly review all materials
provided by regulating agency including draft permit and environmental justice report. Utilize tools to consider community demographics, any prior incidents and background of the impacted area.
Determine if any CWFNC members live within the impact area and connect with impacted community members and align with their goals.
Draft materials for folks in the area, make additional connections through local newspapers to publicize important dates and events, including Public Hearings or Meetings.
Provide written and or oral comments at designated meetings or events to support community members.
Continue to communicate with community members on updates and any additional environmental concerns.