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State environmental agency cites City of Greensboro with violations for toxic wastewater discharge

Both discharges represent violations of the state water quality standard by not protecting downstream drinking water facilities at EPA’s health advisory level for drinking water. Further, the discharge violated the conditions of the NPDES wastewater permits because the entities did not report the discharge to state officials within 24 hours and failed to implement proper control of industrial discharge.

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Will City Council keep public waiting while bigwigs get special attention?

The City Council has taken to holding closed sessions before the public meeting rather than after, which means the public meetings often start late. But if the council holds the closed meeting after the public meeting then the big wigs the council meets with in closed session have to wait for the unwashed masses to finish with their business before the closed session. The City Council has decided it makes more sense to let a hundred or so of their constituents wait rather than a couple of attorneys or economic development professionals.

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County to consider $106,000 in taxpayer funds for Fresh Market

While the Guilford County Board of Commissioners hasn’t discussed the project publically, the board has scheduled a public hearing for its Thursday, Nov. 21 meeting, when the commissioners will listen to any pro and con arguments from citizens and then vote on a proposed incentives package for the upscale grocery store chain. According to county documents, the proposal is “to appropriate and expend $106,000 in county funds to The Fresh Market, Inc. for the creation of 53 new jobs and retention of 248 positions at an average wage of $86,000.”

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