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State environmental leaders meet with businesses about how to improve environmental protection

State leaders brought together North Carolina’s best environmental stewards for a Thursday meeting in Raleigh to discuss permitting and other topics important to the regulated community across the state.

These stewards are part of the North Carolina Environmental Stewardship Initiative, a program run by the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality that recognizes businesses and other organizations with superior environmental track records. Environmental stewards are given the opportunity each year to meet with DEQ’s leadership for an informal discussion of timely environmental topics.          

“This is a great opportunity for us to meet with the some of the most committed environmental managers of companies from the North Carolina’s regulated community,” said Donald van der Vaart, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. “This is another vehicle to foster open dialogue between the regulated community and DEQ to find practical ways of improving environmental protection.

Secretary van der Vaart and DEQ leadership met with the stewards to discuss organizational changes in DEQ, regulatory updates, and an initiative to make permitting inspections more efficient for the state and the regulated community. Several of the Stewards at Thursday’s meeting brought up topics relating to permitting, stormwater, regionalization of water/sewer systems as well as technology improvements, zero-waste-to-landfill goals, and renewable energy. 

Several stewards expressed appreciation Thursday for the opportunity to speak informally about a number of subjects important to their operations.

The Stewards who participated Thursday were: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations in Wilson; EMC Corporation in Apex; TE Connectivity in Greensboro; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco in Oxford; ASMO in Statesville; GKN Driveline in Sanford; Fleet Readiness Center East in Cherry Point; Engineered Sintered Components in Troutman; Stanley, Black & Decker in Kannapolis; the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro; Corning in Hickory and Wilmington; Daimler Trucks North America in Cleveland County and High Point; Gastonia and Two Rivers Utilities; and the Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park.

 

The Environmental Stewardship Initiative is a voluntary program available at no cost to our members. It provides technical assistance and networking opportunities to stimulate the development and implementation of programs that use pollution prevention and innovative approaches to exceed regulatory requirements.

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