Raleigh – North Carolina Democratic Party chairman Wayne Goodwin released the following statement after Governor Roy Cooper vetoed HB56, which tied a minimal amount of funding to address GenX to an anti-environmental effort to repeal the ban on plastic bags on the Outer Banks:
“By refusing to fund our state agencies that have already successfully sued Chemours to stop releasing chemicals into our waterways, and by stomping over the wishes of our Outer Banks communities, HB56 falls far short of what is necessary to protect our environment, our drinking water, our families, and our communities.
“Republicans in Raleigh have shown once again that when they play politics, North Carolinians lose. Governor Cooper’s veto provides another opportunity to get this right. Our legislators can and should do better, and that starts with fully funding the state’s request to ensure that the people of southeastern North Carolina have safe drinking water.”
Speaker Moore Continues to Play Politics with Clean Water, and Refuses to Allow the Only Democrat from Cape Fear on environmental committee. New Hanover Democratic Rep. Deb Butler has asked NC House Speaker Tim Moore to be on the General Assembly’s Environmental Review Committee three time, only to be denied or left in limbo each time. Rep. Butler is the only member of the local delegation not on the committee. [Star News, 9/18/17]
Since 2010, DEQ Has Had 70 Positions Cut by Austere Budget Cuts From The Republican General Assembly. Since 2010, DEQ has seen drastic cuts to its budget that have shrunk its staff by more than half and kneecapped its ability to fight environmental issues like GenX, including a 41 percent reduction in water quality and water resources staff. This year’s budget alone cut about $1.8 million from DEQ. [Star News, 9/17/17]
Local Public Utility: General Assembly Must Give “More Robust Regulations” and “More Funding for the Regulators.” At a recent meeting, Cape Fear Public Utilities Authority board member Kevin O’Grady directly called on the NC General Assembly for “more robust regulations, more funding for the regulators” to help clean up our rivers. [WECT, 9/13/17]