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Fourteen enviro groups call on Guv to veto polluter bills

A group of 14 North Carolina environmental advocacy groups submitted a letter to Governor McCrory yesterday in which they urged him to veto two controversial bills advanced by polluters during the waning hours of the recently adjourned legislative session.

The letter describes the two bills as follows:

“House Bill 74 is a sixty-eight-page compilation of special interest handouts, some of which have already caught your attention. As you noted in your press conference on July 26th, the bill weakens standards that protect citizens, communities and gamelands from the impacts of landfills. Additionally, you pointed out that the bill strips local governments of control over the size and types of billboards that can be erected in a community….

[Senate Bill 515] is the third delay of a much-needed and federally required clean up of Jordan Lake. The rules need a chance to bear results. Once implemented, wastewater plant upgrades and better stormwater management will reduce water pollution in Jordan Lake and the rivers and streams that feed into it. Several local governments have already invested a lot of time and money complying in good faith with the Jordan Lake rules, and Senate Bill 515 punishes them for making those investments. In addition, delaying the rules exposes upstream municipalities and developers to legal challenges for failure to adequately protect a resource that the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has already found to be impaired.”

Click here to read the entire letter as well as new survey results showing that strong public support of most North Carolinians for strong environmental protection laws.

3 Comments

  1. Doug

    August 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Hey Rob,
    You may want to look into the environmental director Sklarka(?). His company has been involved in state contracts, and he has followed the ethical rules according to the story. But one question on my mind when reading the story was if his old company had received significantly more contracts in dollars or volume since he bacame director.

  2. Rob Schofield

    August 1, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Thanks, Doug…he said in amazement and wonder.

  3. Doug

    August 1, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Hey…I am against cronyism no matter who does it. Just don’t try to get me to be an enviro :)