From the very start, the North Carolina Global TransPark has had environmental stewardship in mind. As early as the 1990s, it undertook detailed planning within the 15,726 acres surrounding the Global TransPark. To date, the Global TransPark has invested more than $12 million in environmental mitigation and stewardship with an eye toward streamlining business operations for our tenants.
Permits & Plans
- Environmental Impact Statement completed in 1997
- Received Section 404 permit and Section 401 Water Quality Certification within a 5,775 acre-permit zone
- Detailed wetland mitigation plan in place to cover environmental impacts
- Comprehensive stormwater master plan completed
- Stormwater permit issued for Kinston Regional Jetport and Global TransPark tenants
- Wildlife Hazards Plan, public involvement and education program
- 250,000 kWh solar array installed atop the Spirit AeroSystems Composite Center of Excellence – with additional plans for solar energy use being considered
Restoring & Preserving
- Wetland Mitigation Plan covers more than 4,600 acres
- Preservation of Stonyton Creek Conservation Area: 365 acres of floodplain wetlands – entailed planting 100,000 trees and removing 2,855 tons of debris and contaminants
- Preservation of Frog Hollow – 1,000 acres of hardwood wetlands in the Neuse River floodplain
- Restoration of Dover Bay, an ecologically significant feature of the region; removed 10 miles of ditches and roads, planted 150,000 trees and built weirs to regulate water flow
The Global TransPark has dedicated resources to prevent stormwater runoff into waterways. On March 1, 2011, the North Carolina Global TransPark Authority began operating under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Number NCS000516, which allows the Global TransPark to discharge stormwater from the storm sewer system to receiving waters (i.e., Wheat Swamp, Stonyton Creek, Briery Run and Gum Swamp Drainage Basins) in the Neuse River Basin.
As part of the requirements of the permit, the Global TransPark has prepared a Stormwater Management Plan to control, limit and monitor stormwater discharge. The Global TransPark is also required to document the progress of implementing the Stormwater Management Plan and its compliance with other permit requirements.
Stormwater Pollution Reporting
- For information on reporting stormwater pollution problems and concerns at the North Carolina Global TransPark call the North Carolina Department of Transportation customer service office at 1-877-DOT-4YOU between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
- To report illicit connections and illegal dumping within the Global TransPark or roadsides maintained by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, download and submit the Illicit Connections Illegal Dumping Form, as instructed on the form.
- To report erosion and sedimentation problems at the Global TransPark, contact the "Stop Mud" Hotline at 1-866-STOPMUD.
- To report an environmental emergency, such as a spill, contact the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality at 1-800-858-0368 or visit its website. Or visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency website for reporting spills and environmental violations.
Green = Good Business
Being environmentally aware is not just the right thing to do, it is good for business. Proactive environmental permitting and planning by the Global TransPark means:
- Less out-of-pocket permitting expense for tenants
- Shorter permitting timelines
- Less staff time spent on paperwork for permitting issues
- Shorter construction timelines
- Clean, solar energy available to some facilities
- Future development can have an impact on up to 871 acres of wetlands