North Carolina environmental officials have agreed to pay a Maryland company nearly $1 million to clean up the Neuse River. But the News & Observer of Raleigh reports that another state agency paid for the same work several years ago.
The Neuse flows for more than 250 miles from the Triangle to the Pamlico Sound.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources contracted with EBX to remove more than 100,000 pounds of nitrogen during the next 30 years from the Neuse basin. The Transportation Department paid EBX $1.8 million to clean up the Neuse several years ago.
State officials say the deals are legal. But environmentalists say the money should be used for something else.
In 2007, American Rivers put the Neuse on its list of the 10 most endangered rivers.