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To the editor:
In 2007 the North Carolina Legislature and the citizens of North Carolina told the garbage industry we do not want your mega-dumps.
The N.C. Legislature passed laws to establish health and environmental safeguards for our state. Recently, the N.C. Senate passed SB 238 (Solid Waste Management reform Act of 2013).
Some of the changes this bill contains are:
Garbage trucks are now required to be “leak-proof” to prevent garbage water from leaking on our roadways. This bill changes the law so the garbage trucks will only have to “attempt to stop” leakage.
Eliminates the wetlands buffer and state game land buffer. It would require a buffer of 200 feet to streams with continuous flow and allows the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to approve buffers of less than 100 feet if certain criteria are met.
Reduces buffers for natural wildlife refuges and state parks from five miles to 1,500 feet. This includes national parks, forests, wilderness areas, recreation areas, etc.
Eliminates the requirement to conduct regular cleaning and inspection of leachate collection lines and replaces it with a requirement to have remote camera inspections once every five years.
This is not about North Carolina garbage; it is about importing garbage from other states. North Carolina has 15 to 20 years capacity in our current landfills. The garbage industry needs mega-dumps for their garbage from other states. We have the ports and interstate highways they need!
Your voice counts! Tell your representative we want the garbage lobby to leave North Carolina; vote to defeat SB238. Thank you.