- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s chief landfill and hazardous waste regulator is retiring this spring.

Division of Waste Management Director Dexter Matthews told agency workers Monday of his decision to leave June 1 after 13 years at his current job and 30 years in environmental and public health protection. Matthews says his plan had always been to retire at 30 years.

Matthews was on the job when the General Assembly approved tougher rules for permit, construction and siting requirements for landfills in 2007. His office also responded to a chemical storage company explosion in Apex in 2006.

Environment and natural resources Secretary John Skvarla says in a release that Matthews’ retirement will be a loss to the state.

The waste management division also oversees the Brownfields redevelopment and underground storage tank programs.

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