Public Information Session being held May 23 about proposed PSNC Mill Spring Compressor Station

COLUMBUS – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality is holding a public information session to accompany the public comment period on a proposed air quality permit for Public Service Company of North Carolina’s Mill Spring Compressor Station at 823 Silver Creek Road in Polk County.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 23 in the R. Jay Foster Hall of Justice at the Bryant H. Womack Building at 40 Courthouse St. in Columbus.

Earlier this month on behalf of the citizens of Polk County, the Polk County Board of Commissioners sent the Division of Air Quality this letter requesting a public hearing.

The Division of Air Quality will provide a short presentation on the draft air quality permit and answer questions from attendees during the information session.

The application for the proposed facility was reviewed by the Division of Air Quality to determine compliance with air pollution regulations. The results of that review led to a preliminary determination that the project could be approved, and the DAQ air permit issued, if certain permit conditions are met. The public comment period on the permit ends Thursday, May 24 on the draft permit to construct and operate a new compressor station.


  • Written comments will be accepted during the public comment period by sending emails to Commenters are asked to type “PSNC Silver Creek Road New Compressor Application” in the subject line.
  • Written comments also can be sent by traditional mail to Patrick Ballard, 2090 U.S. Highway 70, N.C. Division of Air Quality, Swannanoa, NC 28778.

The Division of Air Quality will consider all public comments and other available information about the permit before deciding whether to issue the final permit, deny the permit or issue it with amended conditions.

The notice, the draft permit and the draft permit review can be found on the Division of Air Quality’s website here.