They want to make more landfills in our area. NONONONONO
Posted in the Blowing Rock Forum
#1 Jul 9, 2013
Is this the best our leaders can do for our beautiful land? Will it bring enough jobs to get people back to work? Who will profit from this venture "if" you let the bill pass. Act Now.
We need your help to stop the so-called “Solid Waste Management Reform Act of 2013,” Senate Bill 328, from being passed into law. The bill could better be called the Mega Landfill Bill because it will allow out of state trash to be dumped in our state. This legislation has already passed the Senate and could be heard in the House any day now.
Please call or email your State Representative today to let them know that you oppose Senate Bill 328 -- and tell them to keep out-of-state trash out of North Carolina!
Some of the worst provisions of SB 328 are:
•Promotes local governments importing trash from out of state, which would cause North Carolina to become the entire nation’s dumping ground for solid waste. The News & Observer said we could become the “garbage Capital of the East Coast.”
•Drastically weakens regulations on toxic water (leachate) by eliminating a regular cleaning schedule and only requiring inspections of the drainage system once every five years. Leachate is a water-based solution that may be comprised of alcohols, acids, sulfates, chloride, ammonia, lead, and PCB’s, which can potentially drain into our drinking water.
•Allows landfills to be built within 1/3 of a mile from National Wildlife Refuges, State Parks, and state game lands.
•Takes away the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ ability to deny permits if the solid waste facilities will damage wilderness lands, wildlife refuges, critical fisheries habitat, or cultural sites and drastically lowers the size of the protective buffer zones around those areas.
•Eliminates the minimum required amount of financial assurance permit holders must provide for reclamation and clean-up of landfill sites, allowing poorly-funded companies with little capital to enter the landfill market. This means you would pay the bill if any contamination occurred.
North Carolina has expanded landfill capacity by an estimated 30% since 2007 while also reducing its solid waste through increased recycling. In order to protect North Carolina’s environment and the health of our communities, and to prevent out-of-state trash from being dumped inside our borders, we must stop Senate Bill 328.
We need your help: please call or email your State Representative today. You can find more information, talking points, and your Representative's phone and email at: nclcv.org/involved/trash . And please share with your friends -- we need more voices!
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