NC waste management director retiring in June


    RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s chief landfill and hazardous waste regulator is retiring this spring.

    Division of Waste Management Director Dexter Matthews told agency workers Monday of his decision to leave June 1 after 13 years at his current job and 30 years in environmental and public health protection. Matthews says his plan had always been to retire at 30 years.

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    Matthews was on the job when the General Assembly approved tougher rules for permit, construction and siting requirements for landfills in 2007. His office also responded to a chemical storage company explosion in Apex in 2006.

    Environment and natural resources Secretary John Skvarla says in a release that Matthews’ retirement will be a loss to the state.

    The waste management division also oversees the Brownfields redevelopment and underground storage tank programs.

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