North Carolina, the Old Trash State

Some economic activities don't pass the smell test:

"The bill is an engraved invitation for mega-dumps, mega-landfills to come into North Carolina," said Molly Diggins, the Sierra Club's state director, adding that "instead of focusing on how to have a balance among competing interests, it puts landfills first before people or natural resources."

Disposing of the trash generated by the most prosperous nation in the world is a multi-billion-dollar industry, and states with weakened environmental regulations are the favorite target of Big Trash:

"It was hard enough to site a solid waste landfill prior to 2007. It's basically impossible now," said Sandy Sands, a veteran legislative lobbyist representing the National Solid Wastes Management Association. Sands said repeatedly it's not the intent of association members to pass the bill so they can immediately build landfills. "What the association is trying to do is make it feasible to site a landfill if it's necessary _ if it's economic necessary and environmentally necessary."

A version that passed the Senate environment committee earlier this month would narrow reasons why the Department of Environment and Natural Resources could reject a permit application. An environmental impact report wouldn't be required on commercial landfill applications, removing an opportunity for public comment.

Waste Industries and other industry companies have hired several registered lobbyists. The state Court of Appeals upheld the 2007 law last year following a lawsuit by Waste Industries challenging it.

And for those who would argue these landfills are necessary for our own wastes, and would not necessarily draw trash from other states, think again. This franchise application (previously and wisely denied) openly declares that 51 million people from seven states (including DC) would be served.

We've got enough of our own problems to deal with, we don't need to become the dumping ground of the Southeast.


51 million?

51 million people's worth of trash, coming in our direction to our state of under 10 million people? That's just disgusting. We need to get a handle on our own trash problem. Becoming a trash importer is pathetic. And reminds me what has happened in Detroit, where the Koch brothers' coke waste is piling up into mountains, thanks to the Canadian tar sands boom. Detroit is the a stop on a journey to the third world to burn the coal waste product for fuel, increasing the carbon-releasing nightmare of the tar sands mining.

“What is really, really disturbing to me is how some companies treat the city of Detroit as a dumping ground,” said Rashida Tlaib, the Michigan state representative for that part of Detroit. “Nobody knew this was going to happen.” Almost 56 percent of Canada’s oil production is from the petroleum-soaked oil sands of northern Alberta, some 2,000 miles away.

Let's not let North Carolina become anyone's dumping ground.

It is pathetic

And that's just one proposed landfill. Considering that some states/countries have been known to ship their trash via trans-oceanic barges and/or railways, we could end up being the new China or Cote d'Ivoire, with such a volume of toxins and heavy metals in our soil nobody will want to take a chance on our agri-products.

And I wouldn't blame them.