Legislation Assigned to the House Env Committee (11)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 7/9/2018

H 0056 EnactedAmend Environmental Laws Patricia McElraft
10/4/2017 Ch. SL 2017-209 Env AENR
Gives flexibility in assessing the condition of dams, such that non-licensed engineers may perform the work, at the discretion of the overseeing regulatory agency. (version 1)
H 0175 MonitorDEQ/Emphasize Urban Envt'l Issues Kelly Alexander
2/23/2017 Ref To Com On Environment Env -
Environment Utilities

Allows the State’s three largest cities to designate “urban empowerment zones” for prioritized water and air pollution abatement activities. (version 1)

H 0292 MonitorDisapprove Cape Fear Rules William Richardson
3/9/2017 Ref to the Com on Environment, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House Env -
Environment Planning & Land Use

Overrides two recent decisions by the N.C. Environmental Management Commission regarding a reclassification of a segment of the Cape Fear River, as well as a water quality management plan approved for the basin. Does not replace the rules with new language. (version 1)

H 0320 EnactedPUV Changes James Dixon
6/25/2018 Ch. SL 2018-95 Env Fin
Environment Utilities

Directs the legislative Environmental Review Commission to study various aspects of electronics recycling, including current market dynamics, disposal of cathode ray tube televisions, and other disposal options for electronics materials. (version 1)

H 0321 EnactedWildlife License Changes James Dixon
6/25/2018 Ch. SL 2018-90 Env Fin
Environment Taxation & Finance Utilities
Directs the legislative Environmental Review Commission to study use of the proceeds of the state’s solid waste disposal tax, including past and future projects by the State and local governments that received proceeds. (version 1)
H 0557 MonitorMitigation Services Amendments Christopher Millis
4/11/2017 Serial Referral To Transportation Added Env -
Environment Parks & Recreation Planning & Land Use Transportation Utilities
Companion bill SB 611

Makes significant changes to current law that requires governments and private entities to mitigate for environmental harms caused by development activities. Limits these entities to utilizing only private mitigation banks, unless doing so is not practicable. In that case, allows payment of a fee into the state’s Ecosystem Restoration Fund or mitigation completed by the entity, which is a narrowed set of options as compared to current law. In any event, phases out payments allowed to the Fund for land-disturbing activities in the Neuse and Cape Fear river basins, leaving only private mitigation banks as the mitigation credit option in those basins except for one exception granted to NCDOT. Allows a phase-out of the Fund in other river basins at the option of the Department of Environmental Quality. Changes the manner of fee calculation for mitigation credits purchased from the Fund. (version 1)

H 0567 MonitorStudy Hexavalent Chromium in Groundwater Dana Bumgardner
4/6/2017 Ref To Com On Environment Env -
Environment Utilities
Companion bill SB 657

Proposes a state study of the prevalence of hexavalent chromium in groundwater in a limited geographic area near a current coal ash pond in Gaston County, in part, to determine the need for a replacement water supply. (version 1)

H 0632 MonitorAmend Mitigation Services Law John Torbett
4/25/2017 Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate Env RulesOS
Environment Parks & Recreation Planning & Land Use

Among other modifications to state buffer programs, allows developers to utilize land within a required riparian buffer to also be used to satisfy other regulatory requirements, such as stormwater best management practices, residential density calculations, tree conservation and open space requirements, setbacks, perimeter buffers, and lot area requirements. Directs DEQ to revise its nutrient offset fee for the Jordan Lake watershed to reflect the differences in costs in the sub-watersheds. (version 1)

H 0667 MonitorDrinking Water Wholesalers Testing and Eval Walter Zachary
4/11/2017 Ref To Com On Environment Env -

Requires all systems that obtain water from surface water supplies, and then sell treated drinking water wholesale to another system, to collect and analyze samples of the treated water for certain disinfection byproducts. If the samples violate the applicable maximum contaminant level, the bill requires an operational plan to bring the systems back into compliance for four consecutive quarters. (version 1)

H 0748 MonitorUnderground Damage Prevention Act/Changes Christopher Millis
4/13/2017 Ref to the Com on Environment, if favorable, Energy and Public Utilities Env -
Telecommunications Transportation Utilities
Updates the state’s “call before you dig” laws to transfer certain enforcement responsibilities from the 811 Notification Center to the Underground Damage Prevention Review Board. Creates a civil cause of action for persons to appeal an arbitration decision in Wake County Superior Court. Makes other technical updates to this law. (version 1)
H 0972 MonitorWater Safety Act Robert Davis
5/21/2018 Ref to the Com on Environment, if favorable, Appropriations Env -
Environment Utilities
Companion Bill SB 724
 Proposes a suite of state and local responses to water supply contamination caused by per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) such as “GenX.” Proposals directly affecting local government public water supplies include: a requirement to extend public water supply service to households whose drinking water wells have been determined to be contaminated with PFAS substances; gap funding to ensure local water systems do not have to pay for the costs of water service extension up-front; a requirement for those responsible for PFAS contamination to repay local governments for any costs related to extending public water supply service to affected households; a requirement for the State and local governments to expedite permits and approvals required to extend public water supply service in these contamination events; a directive to the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality to identify all public drinking water supplies that are currently, or may be, impacted by PFAS contamination in groundwater or surface water; development of plans to remediate PFAS contamination; directives for other research activities by state agencies and research bodies related to PFAS contamination detection and remediation in public water supplies. Redirects existing environmental research funding, such as prior awards for nutrient management research, to PFAS-related research.
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