N.C. Congressmen warn of environmental cuts

Posted April 21, 2011
Updated April 22, 2011


On the eve of Earth Day, two of N.C.'s Democratic congressmen joined environmental advocates to call attention to what they say are GOP attempts to gut environmental regulations.  

Democratic Congressmen David Price (NC-4) and Brad Miller (NC-13) came to the legislature Thursday, the same day the Joint Regulatory Reform committee held a public hearing in the building. 

GOP leaders say the state's environmental regulations are out of control, delaying business growth and discouraging new businesses from coming to North Carolina. They say easing the state's sometimes complex environmental rules will encourage economic growth. 

Democrats say there's no truth to that.

"Rolling back environmental protection isn't going to create a single job,"  Price said at the press conference for Environment N.C.

Price said environmental rules for clean air and water have prevented "hundreds of thousands of premature deaths per year, and saved the United States trillions in healthcare costs." 

Price says N.C. Republican leaders want to eliminate the state's Department of Environment and Natural Resources. "This is a call to action. People need to make their voices heard."

Rep. Brad Miller talked about current lawsuits over contaminated wells at Camp Lejeune. "We know there are serious consequences to letting folks do whatever they want to do to make as much money as they can," he said.   Price on Environment Environment NC press conference on regulations

Before the passage of the state's Clean Smokestacks Act in 1996, Miller said, "40% of eighth graders in North Carolina's urban areas had symptoms of asthma."  

Watch the full press conference at right.


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  • socialjustice64 Apr 25, 2011

    6079 SMITH W - Absolutely! Apparently, Joseph and Gray didn't own any Gulf Coast property that was covered in BP oil. It's always "unfortunate" and "tough luck" when it's the "other guy", but you know they would be storming this blog if it was THEIR propery or THEIR interests.

  • 6079 SMITH W Apr 25, 2011

    Why? because it fools the nutty fringe, and they vote. (usually against their own best interests.) ;)

  • Unite_Or_Die Apr 22, 2011

    Gut is sure the right term alright. They want to close down the Mooresville Regional Office and fire all the staff because they supposedly don't issue as many permits as the other regions. That would all be well and good but the truth is that in their analysis they looked specifically at fishing permits issued and guess what? Mooresville was third in line behind the coatal regions of Wilmington and Washington. What a crock! Don West and like minded legislators are just looking to punish the staff in the regional offices who do their jobs and also because it hinders their business deals when they have to cleanup the environmental messes they create. Why do these guys even act like they care anything about the environment when there actions show they don't?

  • superman Apr 22, 2011

    Since when does any state or government agency do anything to regulate anything. I had rather have people base their action on commong sense and good judgment than to depend on any agency to do anything to protect me. The government has never done anything right.

  • josephlawrence43 Apr 22, 2011

    gray---good point...

  • gray3369 Apr 22, 2011

    josephlawrence43, Walking will include a ozone destructive perspiration tax along with a wasted water evaporation tax.

  • josephlawrence43 Apr 22, 2011

    Its also relaxing/removing some of the gordian knot stupidity that prevents American companies from say--drilling for oil in our own nation, thus insuring our continued dependence on foreigh oil--the undecipherable maze of rules and regulations that--for example--prevented the construction of a hydroelectric dam in Appalachia(sp) that would have at least brought electricity to an area that did not have it--because of the little 3 inch fish called the Snail Darter. If the Price/Miller and associated democommies have their way, nobody will be able to do anything in this nation--except walk everywhere they go, read by fire light/candles, and store their food in a hole in the ground.

  • 6079 SMITH W Apr 22, 2011

    From the GOPspeak dictionary of talking points: "Job Creating Legislation" is a term that describes removing pesky regulations that permit the cronies of the GOP to maximize profits without the socialist burden of environmental and safety rules. ;)