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A Chance to Clean Up the Worst of HB765, the “Polluter Protection Bill”—Take Action!

The public was so fired up by the outrageous provisions added by the Senate to House Bill 765 that even the most pro-polluter Representatives heard from their constituents and agreed that the Senate had taken a simple gravel-hauling bill and created a monster. On July 22, the full House voted 99 to zero NOT to concur with the Senate’s version of the bill! This vote sent the bill to a Conference Committee for negotiations between the House and Senate, now underway—so NOW they need to hear from YOU!

The Conferees chosen to negotiate for the House have been appointed, Representatives McElraft (Chair), Arp, Stam, Goodman, Hager, McGrady, Torbett, and Yarborough), are mostly Republicans, but remember they all voted AGAINST HB 765 in its current form.

The Conferees chosen by the Senate to negotiate include some of the most rabidly anti-environmental/anti-regulatory members, some of them famous for their work on “rush to frack” legislation. They are Senators Trudy Wade (Chair) Brock, Rucho, Jackson, Alexander, McInnis, and Bingham.

Whether or not you are a constituent of these legislators, we urge you to use the links above or this handy list of all conference committee members to call or email them and ask them to remove damaging parts of this bill:

  • Groundwater contamination: Expansion of NC’s “risk-based remediation program,” gives polluters a way to get out of cleaning up contaminated groundwater
  • Privatized wastewater inspection and permitting: An option for private engineering firms to inspect and permit on-site wastewater systems (like septic systems), currently the duty of local health departments–removing key oversight by health officials
  • Legal fees: Attorneys representing environmental, civic, and community organizations would be subject to fees if they lose a case against the state, making it harder to challenge weak state environmental permits and other regulations.
  • Air quality: Removal of all air quality monitors in NC not specifically required by EPA, significantly reducing the number of these important environmental monitoring stations in the state!

See the bill here.

Come back to www.cwfnc.org again for updates and key talking points, and watch your email for updates (you can join our email list by clicking here!)

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