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Cooper scrutinizing bill authorizing landfill water spray

Posted June 16

— Legislation telling North Carolina regulators to authorize spraying liquid collected under landfills into the air over a small area will get a close look from Gov. Roy Cooper.

The General Assembly gave final approval this week to a measure directing the state Department of Environmental Quality to approve as acceptable what's called "aerosolization" for unclean wastewater collected within lined landfills. Regulatory approval is optional for unlined landfills.

Supporters of the concept say contaminants will fall back in the ground while the water evaporates. Critics are worried about the safety of spraying what one senator called "garbage juice" during debate.

Cooper spokesman Ford Porter said Friday the governor is reviewing the bill but has concerns. Cooper can sign the bill, veto it or let it become law without his signature.

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