The most harmful provisions in the so-called Regulatory Reform Act of 2013 were flagged in an August 7 letter from NC Conservation Network available at (insert URL). Now the law of the land, H74 will: * Allow industrial companies, including producers of toxic coal ash, to continue to pollute groundwater up until the point when their contamination finally crosses into a neighbor’s property. (§46) * Set deadlines – with no extra resources to meet them – by which state regulators must re-adopt most existing environmental protections or those protections automatically expire. Water quality protections for North Carolina’s rivers, lakes, and beaches face the first set of deadlines. (§3(b),(d)
The list of reckless provisions is extensive, which (if we had a responsible Governor) should have automatically warranted a Veto. It does, however, warrant an investigation by the EPA to determine just how far out of compliance with long-standing Federal statutes like the Clean Water Act our state will soon find itself. And until that assessment is completed, somebody needs to file a suit (right now) to get this in front of a judge so said provisions can be halted before they threaten the health of North Carolinians.
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