VETO Bill 765
Worst environmental rollback bill in years is on Gov. McCrory's desk and will become law without his veto
H765 is a prime example of everything that is wrong with politics. During this past session of the N.C. General Assembly, out of nowhere, a one-page bill about rock transport suddenly became a 54-page bill environmental protection rollbacks that have been previously rejected.
The bill was eventually passed but with bipartisan opposition, particularly from General Assembly members immediately around the Catawba River. The bill will become law unless Gov. McCrory vetoes it by October 30th. Please contact him to let him know that this is not how politics should work, and the substance of the bill is definitely something we do not want or need.
Please contact the governor at 919-814-2000 or email@example.com to ask for his VETO of 765! A quick, simple note will suffice!
Here are the worst sections of the bill:
Section 4.1: Environmental Self-Audit Privilege and Limited Immunity
Broadly applied immunity for environmental violations undercuts the effectiveness of penalties and fines as a deterrent to future violations (because the polluter can always avoid the penalty by “confessing”). Failure to enforce water quality laws pollutes our waters, harms the public and punishes responsible companies that comply with the law. As amended on the floor, exempts coal ash and requires DENR to submit the self audit provision to the EPA and EPA to approve before becoming law.
Section 4.30: Intermittent Streams
Allows destruction of intermittent streams with no mitigation requirements. Almost half of the streams in N.C. are considered "intermittent." While they don't always have steady flow, they still provide valuable habitat and pollution control.
Sections 4.17, 4.25, 4.27: Air Quality Rollbacks
While this does not inherently involve water, air quality problems can come to have significant water quality impacts, too (e.g., mercury deposition). These sections allow more pollution when permits are challenged for being strengthened, reduce the number of air quality monitoring stations, and finally reduce requirements for public notice when when violations occur.
Again, please contact the governor at 919-814-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for his VETO of 765!