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The flawed thinking behind HB 765 and self-reporting pollution problems (video)

To understand why North Carolina environmental groups were so up in arms about this year’s Regulatory Reform Act, look no further than the latest problems plaguing Volkswagen.

The German automaker has been accused of cheating for a second time on emission tests. The EPA charged Monday that “defeat device” software was used on higher-end cars allowing thousands of vehicles to fool emissions checks.

Under House Bill 765,  a corporate polluter could “self-report” an incident just before it was revealed publicly and avoid any penalty.

David Kelly, a senior analyst with the Environmental Defense Fund, talked about the self-reporting requirement of HB 765 over the weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon.

Click below to hear Kelly explain how the bill the governor signed October 23rd creates a situation in which companies that cheat or cut corners can gain an advantage over competitors that are careful to comply with environmental laws. The full interview can be downloaded here.



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