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The NCAEP uses this site to keep our members and the public informed on the latest news and events concerning the environment and the environmental profession in North Carolina. Use the links below to access and comment on the latest news and postings.

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  • 30 Aug 2023 6:47 PM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    On August 29, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Army (the agencies) issued a final rule to amend the final “Revised Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’” rule, published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2023. This final rule conforms the definition of “waters of the United States” to the U.S. Supreme Court’s May 25, 2023, decision in the case of Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency. Parts of the January 2023 Rule are invalid under the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Clean Water Act in the Sackett decision. Therefore, the agencies have amended key aspects of the regulatory text to conform it to the Court’s decision. Read more about the conforming rule.

    The conforming rule will become effective upon publication in the Federal Register. Where the January 2023 Rule is not enjoined, the agencies will implement the January 2023 Rule, as amended by the conforming rule. Please visit the Rule Status page for additional information about the status of the January 2023 Rule, as amended, and litigation. The information below is provided for informational purposes only. Visit the “Current Implementation” page for more information about current implementation of the definition of “waters of the United States.”

    For more information:

  • 30 Aug 2023 6:45 PM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    The final rule to list the Magnificent Ramshorn as an endangered species with critical habitat (Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2022–0070) is scheduled to publish in the Federal Register on Friday, August 18, 2023. The effective date is September 18, 2023.

     The Magnificent Ramshorn has a narrow documented historical range in southeastern North Carolina; it inhabited freshwater ponds in Brunswick and New Hanover Counties, and it is believed to be extirpated in the wild. The species currently survives in three captive breeding facilities, and the Service plans to work with partners to increase propagation that will support reintroduction of snails into the wild and support recovery.

    Public inspection: The document was placed on the Federal Register's public inspection page on August 17, 2023. A direct link to this rule can be found here (Document number 2023-17670)
  • 30 Aug 2023 6:38 PM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    The Draft Recovery Plan for the Neuse River Waterdog has been released and is open for public comment. To read the draft plan and for more information, click here.

  • 06 Jun 2023 11:37 AM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    The National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) issues a bi-weekly newsletter (The National Desk) which is available to NAEP members and member chapters. The latest issue includes a story regarding the recent Supreme Court decision in Sackett v. EPA. To read more of this story, click here.

  • 25 May 2023 11:41 AM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    NEPA Caselaw Update Webinar

    June 7, 2023 3PM (ET)

    This webinar will mirror the NEPA Caselaw presentation provided during the recent NAEP 2023 Conference & Training Symposium, with updates as warranted. The panel is focused on a paper that reviews substantive National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) cases issued by the United States Courts of Appeals in 2022. The implications of the decisions and their relevance to NEPA practitioners will be explained. This webinar will summarize the more detailed paper prepared for the 2023 conference session.

  • 03 Jan 2023 9:27 AM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    On December 30, 2022, the agencies announced the final "Revised Definition of 'Waters of the United States'" rule which will be effective 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. The agencies developed this rule with consideration of the relevant provisions of the Clean Water Act and the statute as a whole, relevant Supreme Court case law, and the agencies’ technical expertise after more than 45 years of implementing the longstanding pre-2015 “waters of the United States” framework. This rule also considers the best available science and extensive public comment to establish a definition of “waters of the United States” that supports public health, environmental protection, agricultural activity, and economic growth. More information about the final rule is available below.

    Press release:

    Pre-publication of the final notice:

  • 22 Aug 2022 6:34 PM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    NCAEP is happy to announce that a donation was made to the Howell Woods Operational Fund of Johnston County Community College as a thank you for hosting the April 2022 NC Wetland Assessment Method Class. The donation will go toward providing students with high-quality educational opportunities to achieve their educational and career goals.

  • 28 Mar 2022 5:45 PM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    Due to an amazing response to the release of the Common Wetland Plants Guide, economy and premium versions of the guide are available on Amazon!

    Links to these versions are available here:

    The PDF version is free and can also be found at the link above.

  • 07 Feb 2022 8:30 AM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    The Final Regional Conditions for the reissuance of 40 existing nationwide permits (NWPs) and 1 new NWP, in the Wilmington District have been announced. The proposed Regional Conditions for these NWPs in the Wilmington District are Final, as per approval by and signature of the South Atlantic Division Engineer, 31 January 2022. These 41 NWPs will go into effect on February 25, 2022, and will expire on March 14, 2026. For more information and to read the release, go to:

  • 07 Dec 2021 12:54 PM | Kim Hamlin (Administrator)

    May 16-19
    Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Registration is now open for the NAEP 2022 Annual Conference & Training Symposium! For more information and to register, click here!

    Enthusiastic environmental professionals from across the country gather each year at the NAEP Annual Conference & Training Symposium to share in the opportunity to learn about new projects, share technical knowledge, network with other industry professionals, engage with leaders in environmental technologies and practice.

    After two years taking the conference virtual, the NAEP Conference Committee and the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals are excited to welcome you to the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in Florida, May 16–19, 2022!

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