Va. senator wants N.C. landfill bill blocked

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Dive Summary:

  • U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat has joined forces with Virginia Representative Randy Forbes, a Republican, to stop Senate Bill 328 from moving forward.
  • Senate Bill 328 is a bill that would allow landfills to expand in North Carolina, and encroach upon protected wildlife areas.
  • Representative Forbes addressed Governor Pat McCrory in a letter against the bill, stating “I am requesting that the North Carolina General Assembly take care to ensure against irreparable unintended outcomes to military missions, the region’s economy, water supplies and natural resources.”

From the article:

The measure reverses restrictions lawmakers put in place in 2007 to prevent what critics call mega-dumps from being located in northeastern North Carolina.

The issue is attracting so much attention the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sent a letter June 19 to DENR Secretary John Skvarla emphasizing the importance of the existing five-mile buffer between national wildlife refuges and landfills.

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