A proposal to build an industrial fumigation facility near Emerald Isle and the Outer Banks has generated a firestorm of protest and will require public hearings, state officials said Tuesday.
The opposition is coming from the Triangle and also from outside the state, as well as from coastal counties. The proposed fumigator would use methyl bromide gas, classified as a hazardous air pollutant, to sterilize logs shipped for export from the state port in Morehead City.
Royal Fumigation, the Delaware company filing the application, has warned that the facility, and accompanying economic benefits, will go to a competing East Coast port if the application is denied here.
The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources has received about 300 emails since the proposal was filed last month. The agency plans to hold public hearings in Morehead City, the site of the proposed fumigator, but the dates have not been set.