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New Hanover commissioners to talk pollution with EPA

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The County Commission says it wants to clear the air on pollution in New Hanover County.

County Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield and Commissioner Rick Catlin are on their way to Washington, DC, to talk to the EPA about the region's air quality. Barfield says they plan to meet with senators from the state as a united force to prove the sulfur dioxide emissions in the area are not as severe as they originally thought.

"We're all going together, and hopefully we can come back with a mitigated situation here for SO2," Barfield said. "Our goal is really to convince the epa that new hanover county should not be under non-attainment at all and therefore not have to do anything other than say we're not under non-attainment."

Catlin told us at a meeting in April that recent readings show that New Hanover County is no longer violating EPA SO2 emission standards. They hope this will be enough to show that New Hanover County has cleaned up its act.

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