How long is the permitting process?
The permitting process for the landfill expansion will be completed over the next couple of years. There will be a formal comment period during March 2023 for the Environmental Justice Review portion of the county’s public outreach program, but residents may continue to offer comment on the project through the website after the formal comment period is over and during the public hearings for the permitting of the transfer station and landfill expansion over the next couple of years.
Environmental Justice Report & Public Participation
NCDEQ requires that the County prepare an Environmental Justice Report and a Public Participation Plan for community engagement. Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. This goal will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.
The Environmental Justice Report has been prepared and submitted to NCDEQ for comment. The report identified that the communities surrounding the Ann Street Landfill site meet the state’s Environmental Justice criteria where project specific enhanced engagement is necessary. The County is taking steps necessary to ensure that the engagement is meaningful and provides ample opportunity for the public to learn about the project, its potential impacts, the strategies employed to address any impacts, and how and when they can provide input on the project.