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Reasons NC DEQ Can Deny a Mining Permit

06/01/2020 3:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

By  State Law, the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) can deny a mining permit for any of the five following reasons:

  1. Adverse effect on the purposes of a publicly owned park, forest or recreation area
  2. Adverse effects on potable groundwater supplies, wildlife or fresh water
  3. Violating standards of air quality, surface water quality, or groundwater quality
  4. Hazard to public health and safety
  5. Hazard to a neighboring dwelling house, school, church, commercial or industrial building, public road or other public property
Local public officials have the power to stop the quarry and the fence. We have provided some sample emails/letters here.

You can email or mail your letters to the elected officials asking for the 50-year Sunset Clause to be reinstated and to deny the new mining permit for the Odd Fellows Tract.

NC Office of the Governor

20301 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

When writing comments to DEQ, it's essential for your comments to directly relate to one or more of these five reasons for denial.

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We are dedicated to preserving the natural integrity of William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek Corridor.