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An independent state office that functions like a court has long had a reputation for stability and impartiality. But its new leader, with help from the legislature, is making waves and consolidating power.
John Drescher and Anne Blythe / The Assembly
Weeks after state Department of Environmental Quality officials placed former agency chief Donald van der Vaart on "investigatory leave," he stepped down from the agency Monday, saying officials in Gov. Roy Cooper's administration were trying to "stifle" him.
A pair of holdovers from the state Department of Environmental Quality under former Gov. Pat McCrory are on "investigatory leave" under the new administration.
A former head of North Carolina's environmental agency has been appointed to an advisory panel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a controversial overhaul of the panel by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
Secretary of Environmental Quality Donald van der Vaart plans to take a position in his department's Division of Air Quality in order to avoid being shut out altogether when the administration of Gov.-elect Roy Cooper takes over next week.
One week after state leaders publicly accused a state toxicologist of rogue science in setting a safety threshold for hexavalent chromium in drinking water, North Carolina's top environmental regulator now says his agency never disagreed with the scientific findings, just the way they were presented to well owners.
Critics of solar energy are trying to rein in the industry by rewriting state laws, and the head of the state Department of Environmental Quality is leading the charge, pushing the state Energy Policy Council to recommend some major changes.