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Environmentalists: Regulatory Reform bill increases flood risks, ‘boggles the mind’

House and Senate members who took steps this week to aid the flood victims of Hurricane Matthew are now pushing legislation to increase future flooding.

Environmentalists note House Bill 3 proposes changing state law to allow up to 300 feet of a stream to be damaged before restoration is required, benefiting developers.

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) believes the short-sighted bill will place rural communities downstream of growing urban centers at a greater risk for flooding:

“It boggles the mind that lawmakers returned to Raleigh to fund disaster relief for flood and wildfire victims, and then quickly introduced a bill that sets the stage for even worse flooding in the future,” said Will McDow, director of habitat markets at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Raleigh, N.C., office. “This bill will give developers a free ride to destroy more streams and increase the risk of flooding in communities that are still struggling from flood damage.”

Learn more about the proposed reform bill here.

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