In the wee hours of the last night of their session, the NC House passed House Bill 765, the worst environmental legislation in years! 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.
Please contact Gov. McCrory now at 919-814-2000 or email@example.com and ask him to VETO House Bill 765
Ask Governor McCrory to protect people’s health, not polluting industry!
, and protect clean, safe water and air for the people of NC!
We hear the Governor’s phones are ringing off the hook – if you can’t get through at the above number, try calling 919-814-2050 and just leave a message.
HOUSE BILL 765:
- 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.
- 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.
Thank you for taking action!
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 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!
Uniting Community Voices for Healthy Water, Democracy, & Justice
Saturday, September 19, 1:30-4:30PM
First Friends Meeting, 2100 West Friendly Avenue
Greensboro, North Carolina
Come join us for an afternoon of lively presentations on a range of NC Environmental Justice issues! Refreshments will be served.
Online registration ended September 17, but good news…there is still space on Saturday! If you’d like to come, please arrive at 1:15pm to pay at the door. See you then!
Featured Guest Speakers:
Demeeko Williams, Political Director, Detroit Water Brigade
“The human right to water, racial justice and democracy in Detroit’s water crisis”
Tracey Edwards, NAACP & Appalachian Voices
“The Community that Cares: the coming together of Stokes County communities to protect themselves from coal ash and fracking”
Bob Hall, Executive Director, Democracy NC
“How Environmental Justice and working for voting rights are the same struggle”
Updates on hot topics from CWFNC:
Hope Taylor, Executive Director
“How a statewide alliance and collaborative action have cooled fracking’s jets in NC”
Ericka Faircloth, Water & Energy Justice Organizer
“NC Indigenous communities and the environmental injustices they face”
Katie Hicks, Assistant Director
“Privatization, contamination, & other threats to water justice: How NC communities are fighting back”
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!)