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Bad NC bills everywhere as session wraps up – Act Now!

As the NC General Assembly hurdles through the final week of session, you’ve heard about many bills that would have damaging impacts to NC water and social and environmental justice. Here are just a few of the most harmful to drinking water rights, groundwater protection and local control:

On Monday, July 22, the House voted not to concur with the Senate’s bad version of HB 74 (“Regulatory Reform Act of 2013”). House members must have been listening and realized that NC residents are increasingly opposed to fracking and already strongly oppose (76%) anything that would prevent FULL chemical disclosure to protect local communities. The two versions of the bill will now be considered in a conference committee – there’s still time to call the members of this committee and express your strong concerns about the bill!

The damaging Senate version of the bill:

  • Prohibits the Mining and Energy Commission from approving strong regulations to require chemical disclosure,
  • Allows groundwater contamination all the way to the property boundary, rather than a compliance boundary closer to the source of pollution, and prevents cleanup of contamination until it’s already on someone else’s property
  • Allows agencies working on fracking rules to avoid preparation of “fiscal notes,” even where significant economic impact could occur

SB 341, (“Amend Interbasin Transfer Law”) has passed both houses and heads to the governor. It weakens the requirements for applying for certificates to transfer millions of gallons of water from one river basin to another, and limits public input. A section was removed by amendment that would have made the City of Greenville vulnerable to a forced transfer of its water system under the same bill that took the City of Asheville’s water system!

Senate Bill 515 would repeal the whole system of Jordan Lake rules or at least set them back by ANOTHER three years! The cleanup of Jordan Lake is longer overdue and the water quality will only get WORSE as the Senate pretends that there’s some magical way to clean up INSIDE the lake without preventing pollutants flowing in from tributaries to the lake. Ask your Representative to stand up for drinking water for over 300,000 folks in central NC and the years of good decision-making and widespread support that led to these rules, and vote to OPPOSE Senate bill 515.

SB 315 (“Municipal Services bill”) could single out the City of Durham and force them to provide city water to the controversial 751 South “megadevelopment” close to Jordan Lake, setting another bad precedent of the state wresting control from local governments.

It’s time for one last push before the session ends! Look up your representative and senator and ask them to look out for NC’s drinking water and important environmental protections!

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