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for Water Resources Research Institute News Vol. Issue 250, Apr/May 1988
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The North Carolina Attorney General’s office has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw the order to consider whether to revoke the state’s authority to regulate hazardous waste. Issues arose from GSX Chemical Services, Inc. and the Hazardous Waste Treatment Council alleging that the law discriminates against commercial hazardous waste treatment facilities and makes it impossible for new commercial facilities to be permitted in the state.
Responding to criticism of the way North Carolina’s environmental regulation programs are organized, Governor James G. Martin proposed in February that environmental regulatory, environmental health, and natural resource programs be consolidated into a new department to be called the North Carolina Department of Health and Environment. This article discusses the proposed reorganization and issues that have emerged between environmentalists and business leaders.
Finding an environmentally acceptable way to dispose of wastewater sludge and other wastes generated in North Carolina every year may be the biggest problem facing the state’s municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plant managers today. Managers are considering reusing sludges and composts rather than emphasizing sludge disposal due to increasing environmental costs.
The control of undesirable aquatic weeds in drainage canals, rivers, and lakes in North Carolina continues to be of concern to water managers. Surveys conducted last summer and fall by the Division of Water Resources determined that at least thirty-six counties are infested with hydrilla and alligator weed.