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34337
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On December 11, 2001, the North Carolina Commission for Health Services approved a temporary rule reducing the Maximum Contaminant Level for arsenic in drinking water to the pending federal standard of ten parts-per-billion effective January 1, 2002. When the new rule goes into effect, public community and non-transient non-community drinking water systems that exceed the standard will be required to provide public notice of the exceedance.
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34324
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On January 22, 2001, the United States Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule reducing the drinking water standard for arsenic. However, on January 24, an executive memorandum was issued directing executive departments and agencies to hold up any proposed or newly promulgated rules until an appointee of the new administration could review them. While groups are challenging the new arsenic rule, North Carolina is moving forward with a proposal to change the state’s groundwater standard for arsenic in private drinking water wells.
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34325
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In the early 1970s, the Chowan River Estuary and other waterbodies in North Carolina experienced algae blooms that interfered with industrial water supply, fishing and recreational use. Extensive research led the North Carolina Division of Water Quality to develop standards for chlorophyll-a, which is an indicator of algal biomass and water quality. This article discusses how these water quality standards were developed.
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34333
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A pending change in Natural Resources Conservation Service standards for designing nutrient management plans for animal waste operations could force some animal producers in North Carolina to look for additional land on which to apply wastes. The unfavorable nitrogen-to-phosphorus ratio in manures has often resulted in an overapplication of phosphorus, which can further dissolve in soil water and seep into groundwater. North Carolina is identifying soil sites with high potential for phosphorus loss.
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34332
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Effective water quality management is built on a foundation of water quality standards that are expressed in a manner that makes compliance assessment clear and unambiguous. Most surface water quality standards in North Carolina are based on a chemical criterion value and used to determine if a waterbody is compliant. This article gives an overview of the state’s standards and total maximum daily load (TMDL) program.
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34306
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In February 2000, the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission’s Groundwater Committee revisited a proposal to adopt a temporary rule lowering the groundwater standard for arsenic. The proposal addresses groundwater contaminants which could affect the quality of drinking water and impose health risks. Currently, private wells are not subject to drinking water standards or routinely tested for contamination.
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34316
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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.
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34309
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An apparent loophole in the North Carolina water quality standard for turbidity in surface waters allows exceedances of the numeric standard under certain conditions. Given that sediment is regarded by some to be the major surface water pollutant in North Carolina, the standards may need to be reconsidered.
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34206
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The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission rejected a recommendation to hold public hearings on changing the state’s water quality standard for dioxin, a by-product of chlorine bleaching linked to cancer and reproductive abnormalities. Instead, the commission voted in July to return the dioxin issue to the Water Quality Committee for additional study.
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34194
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In a project sponsored by the North Carolina Urban Water Consortium, university investigators have concluded that the urban water utilities they studied may need to improve removal of disinfection by-products from drinking water to meet requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1986. They also conclude that requirements for removal of synthetic organic chemicals and volatile organic chemicals will probably not have a major impact on the utilities.
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707
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They're the best rivers, creeks, and sounds we've got left, and the Outstanding Resource Waters program gives them some muscular protection.
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34180
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The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission voted not to proceed to public hearings with a recommendation to weaken the state’s instream limit on dioxin. Dioxin is a by-product of chlorine bleaching which has caused cancer and reproductive abnormalities in laboratory animals. The vote came in response to a request by paper companies, which contend that new information indicates the cancer potency of dioxin is not as great as previously thought, and that they still cannot meet the effluent limitations the state standard imposes.
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34143
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The Legislative Research Commission’s Committee on Watershed Protection has recommended to the 1989 General Assembly two bills aimed at providing reliable and safe water supplies. The bills outline standards for point and nonpoint pollution controls and propose the development of a state water supply plan.
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34147
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To resolve disagreement about stringent limitations on toxic substances in North Carolina’s streams and rivers, the Environmental Management Commission appointed a committee to review the state’s proposed new in-stream water quality standards prior to taking the standards to public hearing. The dispute about state standards reflects widespread controversy about both analytical detection limits and public risk-benefit perception.
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34146
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The North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Community Development may be scheduling public hearings on surface water reclassification requests in the first half of 1989. Some communities have requested a more protective classification of existing water supplies. Others have asked that surface waters now classified for recreation, trout, or other uses be reclassified so that they can be used for public water supplies.