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DENR Refuses Federal Water Quality Grants

WUNC, North Carolina Public Radio, covered the story of the state's environmental agency rejecting federal grants to do baseline water testing in the state's triassic basin area. From the report: North Carolina environmental officials have said "no" to a federal grant to check water quality in areas where fracking may occur. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the money from the EPA would only pay for salaries of people brought in to do testing.
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Release: Baseline Water Testing No Longer In Department’s Mission, DENR Official States

As highlighted in today’s Coastal Review article “State Declines $600k in Federal Grants”, the McCrory administration’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources has turned down two 2013 grants for which it applied, and which were awarded to the state by US EPA. The grants, totaling nearly $600,000, were selected for approval in a competitive application process. The EPA grant program is intended to build the capacity of state agency to effectively address water quality challenges. “This is exactly the time that our state would benefit from the science and research that the grants are intended to support,” said Molly Diggins, state director of the NC Sierra Club. “The McCrory administration has walked away from funding that would help the state to make sound decisions about fracking and water quality.”
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State Declines $600K in Federal Grants

Frank Tursi of the NC Coastal Federation broke the story on Monday Morning that the McCrory administration’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources has turned down two 2013 grants for which it applied, and which were awarded to the state by US EPA. The grants, totaling nearly $600,000, were selected for approval in a competitive application process.  The EPA grant program is intended to build the capacity of state agency to effectively address water quality challenges.

 

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A hanging ax over NC air and water regulators

Published: September 3, 2013 - An Editorial from the Raleigh News & Observer Gov. Pat McCrory signaled early on with his now-famous “seat warmers” line about state employees that he planned to get tough on underpaid, often-overworked state workers. Now it appears he’s ready to take on those who do their jobs too well. And if environmental regulators are out of their seats too much, they may find themselves out of their jobs as well. What a transparent exercise in the abuse of power is McCrory’s use of authority granted him by Republicans in the General Assembly to make more state workers “at will” employees. That means they will not have civil service protections against being unjustly fired. This is nothing more than manipulation of the people’s government for the political aggrandizement of the governor and his political cronies. It is quite the strange move from a governor who campaigned against the government he said was corrupted by politics. The governor’s office argues that the governor needs this change to make sure employees are on board with his mission so that he can shape his agenda. Uh, huh. Anyone want to price a bridge in Brooklyn? What’s really going on is evidenced by the fact that, in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the number of at-will jobs is expanding from 24 to 167. DENR has long been a favorite target of Republicans who would like to gut most environmental regulations so business, specifically developers, can do as they wish with coastal property or with other big projects that now have to pass permit muster and comply with 22oversight. Republican lawmakers have tried to legislate regulators right out of their jobs.
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Dix Park Agreement Moves Forward

The city of Raleigh and the state legislature appear to have reached an initial compromise on the future of the Dorothea Dix campus property. The ongoing battle between the city and state focuses on the deal that was signed by former Governor Beverly Perdue, which leased the 325-acre property to the City of Raleigh for development into a ‘destination park.’ The original Senate Bill (SB334) on the issue would have dissolved the lease entirely, allowing the state to take back the property through condemnation powers. This was met with immediate threats of lawsuits, and so a rewritten version of the bill was passed unanimously yesterday in the House Judiciary Committee.

Initial Agreement Reached on Dorothea Dix Property

By: Jack Tarpey The city of Raleigh and the state legislature appear to have reached an initial compromise on the future of the Dorothea Dix campus property. The ongoing battle between the city and state focuses on the deal that was signed by former Governor Beverly Perdue, which leased the 325-acre property to the City of Raleigh for development into a ‘destination park.’
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