From the NC League of Conservation Voters via NC Policy Watch:
Every meaningful state protection for clean water in North Carolina will be at grave risk of being cut back or eliminated in the rules review process starting this week in Raleigh. At a hearing opening at 10 a.m. this Thursday, January 16, the powerful state Rules Review Commission (RRC) will outline its plan for sifting the “necessary” protections out of the wide body of state laws on water quality.
As the RRC adopts its procedural rules, the state Environmental Management Commission (EMC) is preparing its own review of 375 surface water and wetland rules that the Division of Water Resources says will need to go through the review and re-adoption process.
Were these across-the-board evaluations being conducted by experts it would still represent a problem, simply due to the volume of rules in question. But since many recent General Assembly appointees have demonstrated a severe lack of understanding and/or an outright aversion to science, it's a good bet many of these rules will be swept away with little or no debate. Hard-headedness and ignorance might be humorous in casual conversation, but that won't stop the damage from being done.