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Welcome to the HERA Team

The HERA Team provides regulatory oversight in Guilford County for both State and local environmental programs. Under a memorandum of agreement with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Division of Waste Management (DWM), the HERA Team implements the DWM Underground Storage Tank (UST) program in Guilford County. Guilford County is the only county in North Carolina to implement such a program. This program includes both the leak detection compliance inspection program under the Permits and Inspection Branch and the incident management program under the Corrective Action Branch.

Under a separate memorandum of agreement with the DENR Division of Water Quality, the HERA Team also implements the Aquifer Protection Section program in Guilford County and, again, is the only county in North Carolina to implement such a program. This program includes the assessment and remediation of soil and groundwater contamination resulting from sources other than USTs to include above ground storage tanks (ASTs) and emergency response to oil and hazardous chemical spills in Guilford County.

The HERA Team implements a local program that requires permitting for water supply wells that propose to remove more than ten thousand gallons of groundwater per day. This program is known as the DUMT 10,000 (Daily Use More Than 10,000) program. For more specific on the DUMT well rules, please refer to Guilford County Well Rules.

Another local program implemented in Guilford County by the HERA Team is the monitoring well permitting program that oversees the collection of fees and issuance of monitoring well permits in Guilford County.

The HERA Team has recently completed the installation of nine (9) groundwater monitoring wells around the county to monitor seasonal changes in the elevation of the groundwater table in Guilford County.

The HERA Team maintains a database for incidents in Guilford County that fall under either the UST Section or the Aquifer Protection Section. You may search the database for incidents by using the link at the top of the page. Hard copy files for incidents in Guilford County are public records and may be reviewed by contacting the HERA Team in advance at 400 W. Market Street, Suite 300, in Greensboro.

There is a link at the top of the page should you wish to download any forms pertaining to USTs, monitoring wells, or DUMT 10,000 wells. You can visit Guilford County GIS UST Website to locate a registered UST system on the map.

Please contact us with any comments, questions, or suggestions you may have concerning any of the HERA programs.


Health Director's Notice Concerning Soil and Groundwater Contamination

Numerous groundwater and soil contamination sites have been identified throughout Guilford County. If your development plans include the use of groundwater as a drinking water source, the Guilford County Department of Public Health strongly recommends that appropriate soil and water tests be performed and the results found free of contamination prior to the making of a firm commitment for the purchase of the property. You should consider hiring an appropriate professional to perform this service; the Health Department cannot provide this service.

Health Department records and maps of identified groundwater and soil contamination sites are available for review at the Guilford County Department of Public Health located at 400 W. Market Street, Environmental Health Division, 3rd floor, Greensboro, NC as a public service. However, no warranty of completeness or accuracy of these records and maps can be made.

-Guilford County Health Director

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