15A NCAC 02L .0101       AUTHORIZATION

(a)  N.C. General Statute 143‑214.1 directs that the Commission develop and adopt after proper study a series of classifications and standards which will be appropriate for the purpose of classifying each of the waters of the state in such a way as to promote the policy and purposes of the act.  Pursuant to this statute, the rules in this Subchapter establish a series of classifications and water quality standards applicable to the groundwaters of the state.

(b)  These rules are applicable to all activities or actions, intentional or accidental, which contribute to the degradation of groundwater quality, regardless of any permit issued by a governmental agency authorizing such action or activity except an innocent landowner who is a bona fide purchaser of property which contains a source of groundwater contamination, who purchased such property without knowledge or a reasonable basis for knowing that groundwater contamination had occurred, or a person whose interest or ownership in the property is based or derived from a security interest in the property, shall not be considered a responsible party.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑214.1; 143‑214.2; 143‑215.3(a)(1); 143B‑282;

Eff. June 10, 1979;

Amended Eff. August 1, 1989; July 1, 1988; September 1, 1984; December 30, 1983.