It’s a busy week at the General Assembly as the crossover deadline approaches this Thursday. As legislators try to push their bills through by the deadline, there are a number of bills that will have a huge impact on our air, water, and natural places.
A bill that would roll back the Jordan Lake Rules, S515, will come up in the Senate on Wednesday or Thursday. The bill is a move in the wrong direction for the conservation of Lake Jordan. Cleanup efforts at the lake have already been delayed after legislative battles in 2010 and 2012, and the passage of this bill would only further delay efforts. Additionally, this bill seeks to focus on the treatment of pollution, rather than controlling the sources of pollution. This isn’t just a delay tactic that kicks the can down the road, but it completely repeals the Jordan Lake Rules and puts nothing in its place other than a legislative study. It could take years to develop a new set of rules, while current efforts to clean up the lake are halted.
Another bill, S 151, would repeal the restrictions on allowing terminal groins in our state. The natural beauty and economic value of North Carolina' s public beaches and inlets exists today because our state leaders long ago adopted a conservative management policy that banned the use of hardened structures--seawalls, jetties and groins of any kind--from our coast.
That was until 2011. In 2011, after years of trying to overturn the ban from many lawmakers, the legislature passed a compromise that allowed no more than four terminal groins, with numerous safeguards and approvals.
That compromise is in danger. Right now there are efforts to repeal the cap on the number of pilot projects as well as the financial and environmental safeguards in the 2011 compromise bill. S 151 would allow groins and jetties to be built all along our coast. Click here to stand up and help save our beaches by asking your legislators to oppose S 151.
House Bill 201 already met the crossover deadline when it passed the House on Monday. This bill will revert building efficiency code standards back to the lower 2009 standards for commercial buildings. This is a huge step backwards. Click here to contact your Senator and tell them to oppose H 201.
Additionally, a bill was passed in the Senate that would prevent Tesla Motors from selling clean electric cars in the state. So much for the free market, eh? Travis Fain from the the Greensboro News & Record hit the nail on the head it Wednesday’s article Picking winners not named Tesla.Wed, May 15ncgancpoljordan laketerminal groinsteslawaterwater qualitycrossover