Donald van der Vaart pens whining response to criticism:
The recent op-ed “Assault on N.C. Environment” (April 19 Viewpoint) ignores facts and fails to recognize North Carolina’s commitment to bettering our environment. DENR is proud of the policies and modernization that have dramatically improved the quality of life for all North Carolinians. The facts show the author’s assertions are wrong. Here’s why.
North Carolinians breathe cleaner air today than any time in more than 25 years. Ozone levels in North Carolina are the lowest on record and toxic air emissions have decreased by more than 80 percent since 2000 despite a 50 percent growth in population and a two-thirds increase in vehicle miles traveled in the same period.
That improvement in air quality was the result of our moderately aggressive Air Toxics rules, but thanks to the "policies and modernization" of the current leadership you're so proud of, those rules have been gutted and higher levels of toxins (including asbestos and arsenic) are now being allowed: