'Reform' Bill Could Have Sweeping Effects


by Kirk Ross
RALEIGH -- The Senate wrapped up work last week leaving a host of stakeholders in environmental policy with a serious homework assignment: Try to decipher the implications of a revised omnibus bill that would make major changes to the state’s environmental regulations.
Senate Bill 612, yet another “regulatory reform act,” follows similarly named bills of the previous two sessions, and like those bills offers an array of changes to environmental policy and regulations.
But the new draft of the bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, goes much farther than its predecessors, according to environmental watchdog organizations.
Molly Diggins Molly Diggins, state director of the N.C. Chapter of the Sierra Club, said the bill, which cleared the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday, is so wide-ranging that tracking its potential impact has been a difficult task.
“This is a very complicated bill and it appears to have severe impacts,” she said...
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