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Guest - Assistant Secretary for the Environment - Mitch Gillespie

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Mitch Gillespie

Assistant Secretary for the Environment

Mitch GillespieAs DENR's Assistant Secretary for the Environment, Mr. Gillespie oversees development of major policy initiatives for programs having such diverse responsibilities as the permitting of discharges to surface waters; issuance of air emissions permits; implementation of major grant programs for wastewater and drinking water projects; remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater; permitting of coastal development; and regulation of animal operations.

Gillespie, a small business owner, recently resigned as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, where he represented Avery, McDowell and Mitchell counties since 1999. As a legislator, he served as a leading state budget writer and steered the legislation passed in 2012 that launched a modern regulatory program to manage oil and gas exploration in North Carolina. Gillespie also served as chairman of the state Environmental Review Commission, which studies and recommends actions related to protecting the environment and public health.

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