Violations of Standards? Change the Standards!
Bill 765 eyes changing groundwater standards for metals associated with coal ash after hundreds of violations around Duke Energy coal ash sites
One of the most concerning sections of Bill 765 is Section 4.8A.(a). Here, the language seeks to provide Duke Energy a huge favor that could have significant implications for hundreds of families. In recent years, Duke Energy has been found to repeatedly in violation of state groundwater standards under 15A 2L of the N.C. Administrative Code. This year, hundreds of N.C. homes around Duke's coal ash ponds have been told their groundwater is not safe for consumption because of high levels of elements, particularly hexavalent chromium and vanadium. Testing has shown repeated exceedances of 15A 2L and health screening standards for hexavalent chromium and vanadium, among others also associated with coal ash.
These standards were not casually developed -- they were developed after extensive study and taking health standards into consideration. This section of 765 is a blatant attempt to change the standards as and because a major company is violating them.
This section is one of many reasons we need a VETO of 765!
Please contact the governor at 919-814-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for his VETO of 765! A quick, simple note will suffice!
The language itself, direct from the bill, is below:
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services, shall study the State's groundwater standards under 15A NCAC 2L, or State Interim Allowable Maximum Contaminant Levels (IMAC), as applicable, as well as State health screening levels, for hexavalent chromium and vanadium relative to other southeastern states' standards for these contaminants and the federal maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for these contaminants under the Safe Drinking Water Act, in order to identify appropriate standards to protect public health, safety, and welfare; the environment; and natural resources. The Department shall also evaluate background standards for these contaminants where they naturally occur in groundwater in the State.