NC Sierra Club Statement on Senate Passage of Bill to Repeal Jordan Lake Rules

 

For Immediate Release

May 15, 2013

NC Sierra Club Statement on Senate Passage of Bill to Repeal Jordan Lake Rules

RALEIGH - Late today the Senate passed S 515, a bill that repeals rules intended to clean up Jordan Lake which is a drinking water supply for more than 300,000 people in the Triangle.

Upon the committee’s actions, Molly Diggins, state director of the NC Sierra Club, issued the following statement:

“The Senate today abdicated responsibility for the health of a major drinking water source and recreational resource. In so doing, the Senate voted to punish communities which have acted in good faith by investing substantial resources to control pollution, while allowing upstream contributors to walk away.”

“The Jordan Lake Rules are being discarded before many of the protections have been implemented.  The more than 300,000 people who depend on this lake for drinking water deserve better. It is a shame that legislators are removing protections for North Carolinians instead of strengthening them.”

“We have no objection to considering new rules and technologies. But there is no need to end all clean-up efforts while new approaches are considered.”

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