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Not again: Lawmakers unveil yet another polluter protection bill

Those who might have hoped that North Carolina corporate polluters and their political apologists had run out of basic environmental protection laws to raze should have known better. In this release from yesterday afternoon, Dustin Chicurel-Bayard over at the NC chapter of the Sierra Club explains how they’re back at it yet again:

Revised bill would allow electronics in landfills

New regulatory bill emerges in Senate committee

Earlier today, the N.C. Senate Commerce Committee approved a substitute bill for H 169, Regulatory Reduction Act of 2016. One of the many provisions of H 169 eliminates the ban on electronics in landfills and the manufacturer-funded electronics recycling program.

Upon the committee’s approval of H 169, Dustin Chicurel-Bayard, communications director for the NC Sierra Club, issued the following statement:

“After years of study, North Carolina in 2010 created a statewide electronics recycling program that is comprehensive, free to the public (manufacturers pay), and convenient. Keeping electronics out of landfills helps prevent lead pollution and saves valuable landfill space.”

“In addition, the ban on putting electronics into landfills has created jobs. There are five major electronics recyclers in the state with many smaller companies involved in the collection and processing of electronic materials creating at least 600 jobs in the state. Allowing computers and televisions to be thrown into landfills undermines an important industry as well as our environment.”

 

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