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The rush by Republicans to dismantle North Carolina’s environmental protections is drawing national attention, most recently in a front page story in Sunday’s New York Times.

The N&O has more this morning on the legislative push to make it all but impossible for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to do its job.  And it seems the legislators aren’t even sure what they are doing.

The budget subcommittee proposed closing the Mooresville office on the belief that it issues the fewest permits. Actually, Mooresville was third from the top in permitting activity last year, according to DENR, behind only the Wilmington and Washington offices.

One Comment

  1. Jack

    April 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

    People, in general, do not know that their quality of life is directly connected to the state’s effort to monitor and maintain a high standard quality environment in NC.

    Essential environmental services help safeguard our homes, business’s, neighborhoods, schools, and health from becoming riddled with pollutants that endanger our quality of life.

    Dismantle Department of Environment and Natural Resources or cripple its effectiveness and watch the air we breath and the water we drink return to pollutant levels we read about in history books.

    The pollutant levels will not return to former levels over night but certainly in time for your children and their children to reap the consequences.

    There are those in the NCGA that say they do not want to burden the future with a staggering debt but what about a return to smog and pollution that foster health care issues?