Air Quality Permit Approved For Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Feb 28, 2018

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline project continues to move forward with the approval of an air quality permit Tuesday for a compressor station in Northampton County. 

Staff with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality revised the original draft permit to accurately address emissions and require future permit modifications if needed.   DEQ Secretary Michael Regan said in a press release more than 3,700 comments were received during the public input period.  The Division determined that emissions would be within acceptable thresholds and added air permit conditions to require future analyses if emissions change.  The state also plants to initiate an ambient monitoring plan in Northampton County later this year to provide air monitoring within the community.  The approval of the air quality permit comes after a key water quality permit was issued last month.  The Atlantic Coast Pipeline still must obtain a federal 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for stream and wetland impacts and an individual state stormwater permit for a construction yard in Cumberland County.  For PRE, I’m Jared Brumbaugh.