North Carolina Looks to Discard State Regulations on Air Pollutants

Following efforts by North Carolina’s five largest emitters of toxic air pollutants, a bill proposing to discard the state’s clean air program will reach the House floor before the end of the week. Such a move, if approved by the Republican-controlled House and Senate, would eliminate the state’s own air pollutants standards and require instead that emitters comply with the federal air-quality standards, which are less stringent. The move caught environmentalists and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources by surprise, but many have since come out against the measure. According to Environment North Carolina representative Margaret Hartzell, “our public health is at stake here, and we do not want to see this bill move forward.”

Sarah Bufkin


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