All-out assault on NC's environment begins

From the NC Conservation Network via the Progressive Pulse:

The most harmful provisions in the so-called Regulatory Reform Act of 2013 were flagged in an August 7 letter from NC Conservation Network available at (insert URL). Now the law of the land, H74 will: * Allow industrial companies, including producers of toxic coal ash, to continue to pollute groundwater up until the point when their contamination finally crosses into a neighbor’s property. (§46) * Set deadlines – with no extra resources to meet them – by which state regulators must re-adopt most existing environmental protections or those protections automatically expire. Water quality protections for North Carolina’s rivers, lakes, and beaches face the first set of deadlines. (§3(b),(d)

The list of reckless provisions is extensive, which (if we had a responsible Governor) should have automatically warranted a Veto. It does, however, warrant an investigation by the EPA to determine just how far out of compliance with long-standing Federal statutes like the Clean Water Act our state will soon find itself. And until that assessment is completed, somebody needs to file a suit (right now) to get this in front of a judge so said provisions can be halted before they threaten the health of North Carolinians.


That's some crazy stuff right there

And don't think for one minute that this waiver and the conversion of DENR supervisors to exempt "at-will" status aren't directly related. If this guy hadn't issued the waiver, his (immediate) replacement would have.

I hope they do have to go to court with the Corps of Engineers, so the subpoenas can be issued and backroom deals exposed.


...DAG McCrony bragged about this as a "jobs" bill. Even ignoring the fact that he is a shithead, this establishes an "environment vs. business" culture, which is entirely wrong, but which is what shithead John Skvarla subscribes to.

It's a sad day for our state. I hope the people who voted for McCrony recognize what they've done (but I fear most don't).

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

I fear

... that the Republican/Teatard base will never see the error of their ways, but the independent, swing voters are jumping ship. My hope is that this Republican super-majority has, as JP said earlier this year, taken all the rope they had and used it to hang themselves. More important, I hope the Democrats in this state learn from their time in the wilderness and come back ready to not only undo the damage, but to push hard for other reforms (redistricting, ballot access, recall, referendum, to name a few). The problem we have today is the result of having two sets of powerful players holding a duopoly of power between them for too long. We need to be encouraging those who favor third parties to stand with us (Dems), at least for a little while, and get our electoral house in order so that ALL opinions are valued and represented


"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail