It’s gotten to the point where scarcely a day goes by at the North Carolina General Assembly in which the honorables don’t work to repeal some basic environmental protection law or rule. Yesterday the good people at the Sierra Club were forced to issue two statements decrying actions by lawmakers to reverse modest, common sense rules to help protect our air and water:
#1 – NC Sierra Club Statement on House Passage of H 201, Building Code Rollbacks
RALEIGH – Tonight the NC House passed H 201, Reinstate 2009 Energy Conservation Codes. The initial version of H 201 rolled back standards for both residential and commercial buildings. However, the residential provisions were removed from the bill and, the version of H 201 that passed the House tonight would revert the Energy Conservation Code for commercial buildings back to 2009 levels. The result would be that new commercial buildings in North Carolina would be 30% less efficient than they are now required to built.
Upon the bill’s passage in the NC House, Molly Diggins, state director of the NC Sierra Club, issued the following statement:
“Energy use in buildings accounts for 70% of electricity use. Reducing energy consumption keeps our air cleaner and puts more money in our pockets.”
“While we are relieved that the residential provisions came out of the bill, making commercial buildings less energy efficient is a big step backward. Less efficient commercial buildings are more costly to operate and those costs will be passed on to the public.”
#2 – NC Sierra Club Statement on Effort to Repeal Jordan Lake Rules
RALEIGH – Earlier today the Senate Agriculture, Environment & Natural Resources Committee approved a PCS for S 515 that repeals rules intended to clean up Jordan Lake, a drinking water supply for more than 300,000 people in the Triangle.
Upon the committee’s actions, Molly Diggins, state director of the NC Sierra Club, issued the following statement:
“This is the first time that the legislature has proposed repealing measures to clean up a troubled major drinking water source, with nothing to put in its place other than a commission of legislators to come up with a new plan.”
“There seems to be some magical thinking that legislators will find a technology that will clean up the lake without responsible parties upstream having to control their pollution into the lake.”