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McCrory signs landfill bill, balks at leaky trash trucks

Posted August 23, 2013

— Gov. Pat McCrory on Friday signed a bill that will loosen environmental safeguards for landfills while also signing an executive order that will allow local officials to cite leaky garbage trucks.

The environmental provisions were part of a sweeping regulatory reform bill approved in the closing days of the legislative session last month that also creates a plan for getting rid of unneeded administrative rules in state agencies.

“For decades, Democrats have stifled small businesses and job creators with undue bureaucratic burden and red tape. We have more than 22,000 rules on the books in state government, and this is unacceptable," McCrory said in a statement. "This commonsense legislation cuts government red tape, axes overly burdensome regulations and puts job creation first here in North Carolina.”

Agencies will now have to designate their rules as unneeded, needed but not controversial and needed but controversial. The regulations will then be winnowed based on those designations.

Republican backers slipped the controversial landfill rules, which a House committee had declined to consider, so far back in the 68 pages of House Bill 74 that they escaped the notice of some legislative opponents.

The provisions would allow landfills to be built at the edges of state gamelands and ease rules regarding how landfills must cover their trash and maintain systems that keep liquid coming from the landfill from leaching into nearby groundwater supplies.

The bill also repealed the requirement that garbage trucks be leak-proof, saying they need only be "leak-resistant." McCrory signed an executive order that would allow State Highway Patrol troopers and local police officers and deputies to continue citing leaky trucks for public health reasons.

A second order he signed Friday deals with a section of the bill covering billboard regulations. He said it would give local authorities more control over how much vegetation is removed near billboards along state highways, which would prevent clear-cutting that could damage the scenery.

"These executive orders help protect the beauty and environmental health of our state while also ensuring local government input," McCrory said in a statement.

Environmental groups criticized the new law, calling it a "special interest grab bag" that will inevitably harm the state.

"Unless you like unsafe landfills in your neighborhood or obnoxious digital billboards in your community, this grab-bag of special interest goodies is just one more step backward for our state," Brian Buzby, executive director of the North Carolina Conservation Network, said in a statement. "It's another sign that the lawmakers we sent to Raleigh care more about appeasing out-of-state business interests than about protecting the environment and quality of life that makes North Carolina special."

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  • perseusomega9 Aug 29, 9:47 a.m.

    Name one change in the bill that will 'destroy our habitat'. Quote directly from the bill. You can read the actual bill here:-woodchipper

    Well the Merging of Division of Water Quality and Water Resources has allowed the former Water Resources Director, now Director of the combined Divisions, to wave water quality permits for the proposed reservoir in Cleveland County

  • admyank Aug 26, 12:54 p.m.

    "but remove those pesky regulations and BAM guess who pay's for the cleanup and Bam , no drinking water.... oh well hey? kinda like the Fracking issue"

    This folks is what we call a logical thinking fallacy. Where one thing, unrelated, is related to something else.

    The spillage from a Trash Truck has nothing to do with seepage at a landfill. In fact, if you want to stop all spillage - don't use any products that create trash.

    Secondly, the fracking issue has been proven by both environmental and government research as safe, and the statements of a select group of "We don't want it in our back yard" whackos is false, if not lying.

    So - back on the subject.

  • admyank Aug 26, 12:48 p.m.

    ' In 50 years, some kid will Google "NC poisoned water" '

    I have a funny feeling that your knee gerk reaction will be somewhat yawnable.

    Trash trucks on average dump less than one hundreth of 1% of the trash in the rivers. You probably throw more gasoline down your driveway and let the rain wash it away from where you filled your lawnmower.

    Or if you have a electric model - your lawnmower battery spewing all of the Sulferic Acid washing down your driveway is more of a pollutant.

  • luckystrykur Aug 24, 9:16 a.m.

    Leaking garbage trucks is a great job creator. Garbage truck juice is like compost tea, only stronger. Stronger is bette4r than weaker. Composted tea is grate for growing tomatoes and kiwifruits. So leaking garbage truck juice will be collected an sold at Home Depose and Lowes. That's trickle-down economics don't you know!

  • jackjones2nc Aug 24, 7:42 a.m.

    Republicans don't seem to grasp that their improprieties are being digitally recorded forever. In 50 years, some kid will Google "NC poisoned water" and bios for McCrory, Tillis, & Berger will pop up.

  • madeuce2010 Aug 23, 8:26 p.m.

    "wanna try that one again?" - for the people

    "I don't have to... Those numbers come directly from the bill itself. Have you bothered to actually look at it? I have posted the link to it... twice." -- Wood Chipper

    What you posted from the bill: "No landfills closer than 1 mile of the outermost boundary of a State gameland owned, leased, or managed by the Wildlife Resources Commission

    No landfills closer than 500 feet of the outermost boundary of a State gameland owned, leased, or managed by the Wildlife Resources Commission."

    So which is it? 1 mile or 500 feet?

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Aug 23, 5:44 p.m.

    "how can the Governor be expected to know what he is signing. He is just signing the bill that they passed into law. (sounds like Nancy, pass it to see what's in it)" - whatdidyouexpect

    :-) A slightly creative variation on the neocon standard "they did it, so we should do it too".

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Aug 23, 5:40 p.m.

    "Name one change in the bill that will 'destroy our habitat'. Quote directly from the bill." - woodchip

    I'm always leery of posters who want you to do their work for them.

    How about YOU tell US exactly WHY this bill is good for NC and good for creating jobs in NC - :-) and you can quote directly from the bill as you explain.

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Aug 23, 5:36 p.m.

    "Landfills have safeguards in place to minimize or, where possible, eliminate fluid leakage that would damage local aquifers, etc... There will always be small amounts of capillary action leakage but in the vast majority of cases it produces an almost unmeasurable effect in surrounding sensitive areas. Most landfills have effectively zero impact on the water in surrounding areas. Now point out which provisions in the bill will change that." - woodchipper

    And so we needed Bill 074 why? This extremist Republican legislature went to the trouble of legalizing leaking landfills, and their popet governor went to the trouble of signing it.

    I plan to remind everyone of this ant-common sense legislation next fall before the 2014 election, and again in 2016 should McCrory decide to try and run again.

  • GOPtakersSociety Aug 23, 4:42 p.m.

    Actually, I am. Landfills have safeguards in place to minimize or, where possible, eliminate fluid leakage that would damage local aquifers, etc... There will always be small amounts of capillary action leakage but in the vast majority of cases it produces an almost unmeasurable effect in surrounding sensitive areas. Most landfills have effectively zero impact on the water in surrounding areas. Now point out which provisions in the bill will change that.

    Wood Chipper

    but remove those pesky regulations and BAM guess who pay's for the cleanup and Bam , no drinking water.... oh well hey? kinda like the Fracking issue

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