State environmental officials have recommended that the Environmental Protection Agency postpone designating the Wilmington area as non-attainment or not in compliance with the new federal air quality standard for sulfur dioxide, or SO2.
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.
Spring is in the air, and according to the Environmental Protection Agency, so is a dangerous amount of sulfur dioxide.
The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources held a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss air quality in the Cape Fear. Since federal air quality standards were changed last June, parts of the region do not meet the new requirements.