The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is accepting public comment through July 10 on the continued development of the Community Mapping System with Environmental Justice tool. See talking points on the tool.

Unveiled last month, the beta release of the mapping system provides communities with up-to-date information for future planning. Public feedback will help DEQ improve the next version of the mapping system.

The Community Mapping System features existing data from DEQ divisions along with census data, other geographic and socioeconomic data collected by federal or academic institutions, and health data provided by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. The Community Mapping System also includes more North Carolina-specific information, such as state tribal layers and environmental permits, providing a complementary screening tool to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s EJSCREEN. New data layers will be added as they become available.

The comment period will be open until July 10, 2019.

How to submit public comment:

N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
Attn: Renee Kramer
217 West Jones Street
1646 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1646

Talking points on the tool.