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NC Environmental Officials to Take Tennesseans’ Comments on Draft Discharge Permit Affecting Pigeon River

State of Tennessee Press Release, Jan 12, 2010:

NEWPORT, Tenn. – The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission will visit Newport, Tennessee on January 25, 2010 to take Tennesseans’ public comments on the draft permit North Carolina is proposing to issue to Blue Ridge Paper Products, Inc., doing business as Evergreen Packaging. The proposed permit regulates the discharge of wastewater to the Pigeon River at Canton, North Carolina upstream of the Tennessee state line.

The meeting will be held at Cocke County High School at 216 Headrick Drive in Newport. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and presentations will begin at 6 p.m. It is being held at the urging of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the Tennessee General Assembly and the Cocke County Mayor’s Office to give Tennesseans an opportunity to give the state of North Carolina their comments regarding the proposed North Carolina permit.

North Carolina’s draft permit is available for review online at http://h2o.enr.state.nc.us/NPDES/documents/Blue_Ridge_Paper_Draft_Permit-2009.pdf.

North Carolina’s draft fact sheet is available for review online at http://h2o.enr.state.nc.us/NPDES/documents/Blue_Ridge_Paper_Draft_Fact_Sheet-2009.pdf.

The Tennessee meeting is in addition to a public hearing being held in Waynesville, North Carolina that is required by law. The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission will hold the Waynesville hearing on January 26 at Tuscola High School at 564 Tuscola Road. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the hearing will begin at 7 p.m. The public notice issued by the North Carolina Commission may be viewed by clicking http://h2o.enr.state.nc.us/admin/pubinfo/documents/BlueRidgePaperHearingNotice-2010.doc.

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