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As early as 1899 the State Board of Health in North Carolina was given some statutory powers over water pollution affecting sources of domestic water supply; state fisheries agencies possessed parallel powers, but both contained important loopholes and funding of state pollution programs was limited. The first strong water pollution control law was enacted in 1951 but some revisions are called for.
This article discusses the evolution of water pollution control legislation in the broader context of program and organization history.
An ad hoc committee set up by the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission to review proposed state water quality standards has recommended that the Division of Environmental Management proceed with adoption of most of the new standards. Public hearings are scheduled in May and are the last step before regulations are finalized. The new standards pertain to water pollution, wastewater treatment, and municipal water supplies.
In October, the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission voted to adopt a recommended decision by an Administrative Law Judge who ruled that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources had erroneously interpreted the state’s turbidity rule in a manner that allows water quality standards to be violated so long as sediment control BMPs are being followed. The decision came in a case involving a golf-course developer in Jackson County, water quality certification and wetlands permit.