SB 781 would undo hundreds of critical protections for our natural areas by creating a mountain of red tape for state agencies. Essentially bringing many key protections down to the federal minimum requirements; a move only big polluters can love.
Go here to tell your government how you feel about this irresponsible bill.
Earlier this year, legislators held public hearings across the state to hear how the public feels about state rules and regulations in North Carolina, particularly around the environment. These legislators were fishing for public outrage about too many rules and instead found strong support for keeping or strengthening the state's environmental safeguards, by a margin of more than four-to-one!
It’s abundantly clear that the public’s message has been ignored. Legislators are now moving forward with SB 781. They say that environmental rules hurt the economy and big business profits. Of course an individual person or corporation can make greater profits if they can transfer the costs of controlling pollution to others. But those profits are not a net economic gain because they also take away other people’s health or property. Preventing that is a major reason we have environmental laws, and not a reason to get rid of them.