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Protecting Children's Health

Safeguarding Our Air, Water and Workplaces


DEC. 15, 2003

At 12 million pounds per year, hydrogen sulfide is one of North Carolina's most common toxic air pollutants. Not only does it smell bad, it's a powerful neurotoxin.

On November 5th, 2003 in Enka, the NC Environmental Management Commission will present regulations which would reduce emissions of hydrogen sulfide by 98%. But industry lobbyists are working hard to prevent the reductions and to get an exemption for pulp and paper mills.


Nov. 5, 2003 at 7:00 PM
Haynes Conference Center Large Conference Room
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Enka Campus
1459 Sand Hill Rd
Enka, NC

The Environmental Management Commission simply must act on the recommendations of its scientists and ignore the siren song of the industry lobby.

NC DENR COMMENT PROCEDURES: All persons interested in these matters are invited to attend the public hearing. Any person desiring to comment is requested to submit a written statement for inclusion in the record of proceedings at the public hearing. The hearing officer may limit oral presentation lengths if many people want to speak. The hearing record will remain open until December 15, 2003, to receive additional written statements. To be included, the statement must be received by the Division by December 15, 2003.

Comments may be sent to:

Mr. Thomas C. Allen
Division of Air Quality
1641 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1641
(919) 733-1489 Phone
(919) 715-7476 Fax

more info:

Hydrogen sulfide

Dec. 15, 2003: BREDL additional comments on NC DAQ rulemaking for Hydrogen Sulfide limits.

Oct. 20, 2003: Factsheet: Hydrogen Sulfide - The Human Health Effect of a Toxic Pollutant. (.pdf)

North Carolina Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Air Quality webpage regarding the Rulemaking Proposal to Amend the Hydrogen Sulfide Acceptable Ambient Level.

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