Earlier this month, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued an air permit to the Grady Road Align Renewable Natural Gas project. This permit pushes North Carolina closer to becoming the nation’s leader in RNG production and the largest agricultural provider of RNG.
However, the process is not over. DEQ’s Division of Water Resources (DWR) has recently decided that additional oversight is needed for expanding renewable natural gas in our state and requires that all animal operations choosing to participate in the RNG project first acquire new Animal Feeding Operations Permits.
A virtual public hearing was held on Tuesday night, where we provided comments to urge DWR to approve these permits. Written public comments are still open and we encourage you to submit a new comment by January 29, 2021, urging the agency to approve the draft Animal Feeding Operations Permits. Your support will help carry North Carolina closer to a cleaner and more sustainable future.