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NC DEQ has issued an air quality permit to a Pitt County boatbuilder that operated for a year without one

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After it was discovered in July that a Greenville manufacturer had been operating for a year without one, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality permit to Pitt County boatbuilder World Cat Greenville.

DEQ officials said the final permit includes conditions that ensure pollutants beyond the facility’s fence line comply with health standards, and the company must follow specific operational standards and install air pollution controls to reduce particulate matter emissions.

The facility will be subject to unannounced inspections and also must follow all recordkeeping and reporting requirements.

The investigation into World Cat’s year of operation without the air quality permit remain under investigation, including whether any other violations of federal or state air quality regulations occurred. The NC DEQ will submit a recommendation to the director for the issuance of a civil penalty once the investigation is finished.

They add that information currently available shows that World Cat Greenville complied with all applicable air emission standards while operating without a permit.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.