John Skvarla, the fox in charge of the DENR henhouse, already told us that he had a "new mission" in mind for his agency's water quality division.
Now we see more clearly what that new mission is: completely ignore water quality issues. If water becomes polluted, we'll stick our heads in the sand. Because we wouldn't want to know about any harm that Skvarla's corporate profiteer buddies are doing to the environment in their quest for more almighty dollars.
North Carolina applied for a federal grant to monitor water quality that might be poisoned by fracking. The grant was approved.
Then Skvarla turned down the grant. Yes, refused it -- because it was "not needed for the division to meet our core mission".
It's another area in which North Carolina is now the most extreme state in the nation:
It’s the first time a state in EPA's Southeast region has refused a grant since the program started in 1996, an agency spokesperson in Atlanta said. North Carolina could be the only state in the country to ever decline the grants.
Thanks for making us #1, John. How do you sleep at night?
Additional commentary at BackwardNC (Sep. 23 entry).