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Tell NC lawmakers: protect communities, NOT polluters

After weeks of negotiations between House and Senate, the newest version of the terrible “Polluter Protection Bill,” House Bill 765, is here. Packed full of handouts to industry and polluters, it leaves NC communities with fewer protections than ever against toxic contamination, air pollution and the whims of big corporations. Even after a few small improvements, this bill is still an unprecedented attack on North Carolina’s water, air, community, and public health protections!

Chemical manufacturing facility

Chemical manufacturing is just one of many polluting industries that could get out of enforcement by self-reporting violations if H765 passes.

The House will vote just after noon on the new version on Monday, September 28, so please email your Representative this weekend or before noon on Monday and ask them to vote NO on House Bill 765! You can look up your NC House of Representatives member by typing in your mailing address above this map and hitting return, then click on the district number that shows up in purple and click on “open member page.”

The new version of the bill:

  • Still allows polluters to escape enforcement when they self-report environmental violations, and hides the self-disclosed violation reports from nearby neighborhoods and communities! The changes now allow criminal investigations to access this information, but not civil investigations, which are much more likely.
  • Still weakens standards for groundwater cleanup, leaving NC’s millions of private well users vulnerable by allowing polluters to leave contamination in place and slap minimal and hard to enforce land use restrictions on the property.
  • View a factsheet summarizing more of the provisions that remain in the newest version of the bill.

Thank you for taking action!

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