Pender Convenience Waste Sites Temporarily Closed Due to Inclement Weather

Burgaw, Rocky Point and Hampstead waste sites are now open.

BURGAW – Due to the recent winter storm, Pender County closed all convenience waste sites. Three solid waste sites are now open.

“The recent ice and snow storm has created hazardous conditions for safe use at our Pender Solid Waste sites,” stated Bryan McCabe, interim director of Pender County Utilities.

McCabe said three sites, located in Burgaw, Rocky Point, and Hampstead, have concrete bases, which are currently being plowed and treated. The remaining sites with gravel bases will not be plowed at this time.

“We have evaluated the three concrete sites in Burgaw, Rocky Point, and Hampstead for safety issues,” said McCabe. “The sites are open today and the Hampstead site will also open on Sunday, Jan. 7 for normal operating hours.”

Residents should check the local media outlets, such as the Pender County Facebook Page before traveling to the Solid Waste Sites. Travel conditions may still not be safe and residents are urged not to travel until conditions improve.

All other Pender County sites will return to normal operating hours Monday, Jan. 8, weather permitting.

“We know this is an inconvenience for our Pender County residents,” state Randell Woodruff, county manager. “However, public safety is our upmost concern during this winter storm.”

Pender Solid Waste (PSW) serves as the management and administrative organization responsible for the collection, hauling, and proper disposal of approximately 35,000 tons per year of municipal solid waste (MSW) and construction and demolition (C&D) debris in Pender County. There are 12 convenience centers located throughout the county as well as a Transfer Station located near Highway 17 North in Hampstead.

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Planning Board Meeting Re-Scheduled

Due to the potential for inclement weather, the January 3rd Planning Board meeting will be re-scheduled to January 24th at 7 p.m.  The meeting will be held at 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC.

Please call (910) 259-1202 with any questions.

Christmas Closings Notice

ALL of the Pender County Convenience Sites will close at 3 pm Christmas Eve (12/24th) and will remain closed through Christmas Day (12/25th). All locations will resume their NORMAL operating hours beginning Dec. 26th.

Advertisement for Bids – Lyon Swamp Drainage and Levee District Board of Commissioners

Sealed bids for the completion of the Lyon Swamp Drainage and Levee District Hurricane Matthew storm debris removal project by the Lyon Swamp Drainage and Levee District Board of Commissioners will be received until 12:00 PM on January 5, 2018. The bids will then be publicly opened and read aloud at a special meeting of these Commissioners beginning at 2:01 PM on January 5, 2018 at the Kelly Fire Department (Main Station) 18628 NC Hwy 53 E Kelly 28448.

Project bid packets and specifications may be obtained and returned to the Pender Soil and Water Conservation District office located at 801 S Walker Street in Burgaw, NC 28425. There will be no formal bid conference or site showing.

This board shall reserve the right to reject any or all proposals.

Please see further information here.

Convenience Sites Closed Thursday for Thanksgiving

Convenience Sites Closed Thursday for Thanksgiving

NOVEMBER 20, 2017

 All convenience sites will be closed Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving.

 In addition, the following convenience sites will be closed Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving but will be open the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 25th.  These facilities will resume normal operating hours thereafter.

  • Atkinson
  • Hampstead
  • Rocky Point
  • Shiloh
  • Whitestocking
  • Transfer Station

DEQ issues violation notice to Chemours for unreported chemical spill

DEQ issues violation notice to Chemours for unreported chemical spill

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has cited Chemours with violating the conditions of its wastewater discharge permit because the company failed to report an Oct. 6 chemical spill at its Fayetteville Works facility.

The violation notice demands that Chemours submit within 10 days to DEQ information about the duration and quantity of the dimer acid fluoride and any other chemicals spilled, as well as a description of all actions the company took to stop the spill.

Chemours faces a possible fine for this violation, depending on the outcome of DEQ’s investigation into the spill. The Chemours permit requires that DEQ be notified within 24 hours of any discharge of significant amounts of waste that are abnormal in quantity or characteristic, as well as any non-compliance that potentially threatens public health or the environment.

DEQ questioned Chemours officials in early November after receiving preliminary data from water samples the state agency collected that indicated elevated concentrations of GenX at Chemours’ primary wastewater discharge outfall.

After being questioned by DEQ, the company admitted to DEQ that a spill had occurred four weeks earlier on Oct. 6 from a manufacturing line at the Chemours facility. The company told state officials that dimer acid fluoride, a precursor to GenX, had spilled.

“It is both unlawful and unacceptable for a company to fail to report a chemical spill to the state and public as soon as possible,” said Michael Regan, Secretary for the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. “We will take all appropriate enforcement action to hold Chemours accountable for failing to comply with its permit.”

By state law, Chemours must be provided an opportunity to respond to a notice of violation before a civil penalty can be assessed. DEQ will review the company’s response and any additional information the company submits before determining further enforcement.

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