Statement for the NC Sierra Club on the Governor’s Decision
Not to Veto Three Anti-Environmental Bills
RALEIGH - Three bills with significant environmental impacts that have been awaiting the Governor’s action will go into law, two of them with her signature.
House Bill 819, the high profile Sea Level Rise bill, prohibits the Coastal Resources Commission from using the best available science while planning for development and conservation. That bill will not be vetoed, but will go into law without the Governor’s signature.
While allowing the Sea Level Rise bill to become law without her signature, Governor Perdue signed two other pernicious bills into law. Senate Bill 229 is a bill full of loopholes and benefits to polluters, including exempting certain facilities from water quality permits and weakening critical buffer rules along the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River basins. House Bill 953 puts a two year delay on important pollution controls for new development in the Jordan Lake watershed, among other environmental rollbacks.
Upon the news of the Governor’s refusal to block these anti-environmental bills, Molly Diggins, state director of the NC Chapter of the Sierra Club offered the following statement:
“We are disappointed that the Governor chose not to veto these bills. All three measures primarily benefit developers at the expense of North Carolina’s taxpayers, who will end up paying more in the long run to deal with the increased costs of failing to address sea level rise as well as water pollution caused by poorly planned development.”