The DEQ required 25 utilities in the basin, including in Fayetteville, to test for 'forever chemicals' at their sewer treatment plants for three months. One scientist called the results of those tests 'incredibly high.'
In a 10-year period marked by a dramatic increase in newly built and planned petrochemical plants, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has seen its budget slashed by nearly 35 percent and its staff cut by almost 30 percent.
Not quite a year after a mineral processing plant illegally discharged hundreds of gallons of hydrofluoric acid into the North Toe River causing a fish kill, the facility, with five other facilities on the river, are up for discharge permit renewals from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.
The so-called "hybrid" proposal is likely to win few friends among environmentalists who want to see all of the Belews Creek plant's 12 million tons of coal ash dug out of the basin and reburied in a lined landfill.