Kenneth Rudder of the N.C. Utilities Commission said the short and simple answer is that the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is exempt from commission regulation per N.C. General Statute 62-3(23)(d). As such, the authority is free to raise or lower rates or fees as needed to meet its business environment without approval from any regulatory body. The authority is, however, under the jurisdiction of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources for water quality and other operational matters. If you have questions on those subjects, you can call the Wilmington Regional office of the N.C. DENR at (910) 796-7215.
Date posted: October 11, 2010
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