The public will have a chance to weigh in on draft permits to allow a power plant to continue discharging industrial wastewater and stormwater runoff into a canal that empties into the Atlantic Ocean off Caswell Beach during a hearing Thursday, November 21, at Brunswick Community College.

Speakers may sign up at 5 p.m. for the 6 p.m. hearing on CPI USA, also known as Capital Power. The hearing will be in Building A.

The discharge includes more than 14,000 gallons of year of bottom boiler ash from burning old tires, wood waste and coal, as well as thousands of gallons of process water every day.

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is reclassifying CPI’s discharges to meet a stricter federal standard. Recent notification of this process brought to light the company’s usual practices, which caught the attention of several environmental groups and the towns of Caswell Beach and Oak Island.

The Southern Environmental Legal Center has asked the state for a detailed analysis of the waste before issuing a permit.

It also questions whether the company could change its waste-handling methods to reduce or eliminate wastewater discharge.

CPI produces steam for the Archer Daniels Midland citric acid plant, as well as electricity sold to Duke Power.

The permit is available for review at:

Printed copies of the draft permits and related documents may also be reviewed at DEQ’s Wilmington Regional Office. To make an appointment to review the documents, call 910-796-7215.Brunswick coast

Hearing set on wastewater, stormwater discharges

11.13.19 edition