A discussion on 1,4 dioxane has been added to the agenda of the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission’s special meeting next week on a petition for rule-making to limit carbon dioxide, or CO2, pollution from the state’s electric power sector.

The meeting is at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Ground Floor Hearing Room of the Archdale Building at 512 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh.

The July 13 meeting was announced last month after an Air Quality Committee voted June 15 during a special meeting to advance the petition to the full commission, as previously reported. The addition of 1,4 dioxane to the agenda was announced Friday in a reminder from the Department of Environmental Quality about the special meeting.

The petition for rule-making was filed in January with the state Division of Air Quality on behalf of the Clean Air Carolina and the North Carolina Coastal Federation by the Southern Environmental Law Center. The petition requests that the Environmental Management Commission establish a rule to limit carbon dioxide pollution from the electric power sector in North Carolina.

The commission also will consider if they should undertake an additional review of discharges of 1,4 dioxane, both generally and related to the recent exceedance of the targets contained in the special order by consent approved for the city of Greensboro’s T.Z. Osborne Wastewater Treatment Plant in March.

A colorless liquid or solid at temperatures below 53°F, 1,4 dioxane can harm the eyes, skin, lungs, liver, and kidneys and may cause cancer, according to the CDC.

Face coverings are not required if fully vaccinated to attend the meeting in person. To hear the audio and view presentations online, use the link WebEx link https://bit.ly/3hN2a5x and password NCDEQ. To listen to the meeting by phone, dial 1-415-655-0003 and use access code 161 204 1508

Additional information, including the agenda and supporting information, may be found on the EMC’s website.

The Environmental Management Commission is responsible for adopting rules for the protection, preservation and enhancement of the state’s air, land and water resources. The commission oversees and adopts rules for several divisions of the Department of Environmental Quality, including the divisions of Air Quality; Energy, Mineral and Land Resources; Waste Management and Water Resources.

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