ACT NOW: Ask your state legislators to oppose H765!
This week, the NC General Assembly will consider House Bill 765, the “Regulatory Reform Act of 2015,” a laundry list of damaging provisions shoved into one mega-bill with serious consequences for environmental justice!
Please call your state Rep today, and urge them to OPPOSE H765, to protect the abilities of North Carolina communities to protect themselves and hold polluters accountable! (Click here for your legislators’ contact info).
A few of the harmful changes to state law in the Senate’s newly modified version:
- Groundwater contamination: Expansion of NC’s “risk-based remediation program,” giving polluters a way to get out of cleaning up contaminated groundwater and preventing its spread to neighboring properties.
- 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 environmental 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 for community groups to find legal representation 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!
- PLUS: changes to rules protecting wetlands, preventing stormwater runoff from development, how Brownfields are defined, and more!
- See the bill here.
This bill would have a wide-ranging and detrimental effect on water and air quality, protections for North Carolinians against polluters, and would benefit industry at the expense of our shared environment! Please call your state Rep and Senator now and urge them to oppose H765.