Environment (31)
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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 0189 MonitorWater Safety Act Robert Davis
2/9/2018 Ref To Com On House Select Committee on North Carolina River Quality App RulesOS
Environment Utilities

HB 189 Water Safety Act: Monitor, Environment, Utilities: Takes steps to further investigate the extent to which GenX, a chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon, contaminates water supplies. Directs further scientific studies by state environmental and public health agencies, coordination with similar agencies in neighboring states, and requires an examination of the environmental permitting programs that describe how wastewater may be discharged in the state. Appropriates funds to the state environmental agency for use in any further scientific studies regarding GenX. Edition 2 of the bill also authorized a study intended to recommend updates to state statutes to ensure that public water suppliers were not liable for chemicals present in the water supply when state and federal authorities had no regulatory requirements.

H 0244 MonitorEnhanced Rqmts./Composting Facilities Julia Howard
4/21/2017 Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate HEALTH RulesOS
Environment Planning & Land Use

Institutes a public notice and hearing process for siting of new compost facilities. Requires agency rules that would address offensive odors from compost facilities. (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 0371 MonitorAgency Powers and Duties/Technical Changes.-AB Charles McGrady
4/20/2017 Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate SLG II RulesOS
Environment Parks & Recreation Taxation & Finance Utilities
Among other changes recommended by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, renames the Clean Water Management Trust Fund to the N.C. Land and Water Preservation Trust Fund. (version 1)
H 0374 EnactedRegulatory Reform Act of 2018 Patricia McElraft
6/27/2018 Ch. SL 2018-114 SLG II Fin
Budgeting & Fiscal Control Environment Planning & Land Use Transportation
Regulatory Reform Act of 2018

Places into law numerous unrelated provisions. Of interest to cities, adds an additional topic to an ongoing legislative water/sewer enterprise study, requiring an investigation into the authority for mandatory connections of certain subdivision-level water/sewer systems. Also requires a study of a limited universe of state-delegated stormwater programs by the state’s top environmental regulatory commission. Finally, restores a budget provision that prevents cities from requiring schools to pay for transportation improvements as part of the land use approval process for those developments.

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 0747 MonitorLRC Study/Reg. Impact in Coastal Areas Christopher Millis
4/19/2017 Re-ref Com On Regulatory Reform RulesCOH -
Economic Development Environment Planning & Land Use Transportation Utilities

Authorizes an interim legislative study that examines the impacts of environmental regulations and local land use regulations, as well as the impacts of underinvestment in infrastructure necessary for economic development. Study area includes counties containing or east of Interstate 95. (version 1)

H 0770 EnactedVarious Clarifying Changes Kyle Hall
8/30/2017 Ch. SL 2017-206 RulesCOH AENR
H 0825 MonitorProtect NC Children From Lead Exposure Harry Warren
6/15/2017 Re-ref to the Com on Health, if favorable, Education - K-12 HEALTH -
Environment Liability Utilities

Requires water suppliers to test drinking water for the presence of lead at drinking water fountains in each school or child care facility in the water supplier’s service area, using protocols and procedures included in the bill. In the event that a sampling location exceeds the federal limits for lead concentration in the water, the bill limits the liability of water suppliers for correcting any issues within the premises or on the property of the school or child care center. However, in the event of exceedances, the bill requires the water supplier to conduct additional sampling throughout that water supplier’s service area, notify the schools and child care facilities of the results of the sampling, and comply with any additional requirements of the State or local health departments. Allows water suppliers to charge fees to schools and child care facilities where sampling is conducted, to reflect the actual sampling, analysis, and reporting costs. (version 1)

H 0903 MonitorWater Resources Management Partnership Funds Lawrence Yarborough
4/26/2017 Ref To Com On Appropriations App -
Budget Environment Utilities
Appropriates funds to the state’s regional councils of government to further planning activities related to regional cooperation among the state’s water, wastewater, and stormwater systems. (version 1)
H 0905 MonitorReenact Conservation Tax Credit Jonathan Jordan
4/26/2017 Ref To Com On Finance Fin -
Environment Parks & Recreation Utilities
Reinstates a previously-repealed tax credit for property owners that donate real property for certain purposes, including floodplain protection and improving public access to public land, water, trails, or beaches.

(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.
S 0008 EnactedBldg. Code Exempt/Airport Changes Wilfred Wells
7/12/2017 Ch. SL 2017-104 -RulesOS
Building Inspections Environment
S 0107 EnactedStreamline Dam Removal Wilfred Wells
7/20/2017 Ch. SL 2017-145 RulesCOH AENR

Authorizes a process by which a professionally licensed engineer oversees removal of dams, including procedures to notify downstream local governments whose base floodplains would be impacted by the dam removal; allows Clean Water Management Trust Fund funding to be awarded for the purposes of dam removal; orders the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality to study the issue further, among other related changes. (version 1)

S 0131 EnactedRegulatory Reform Act of 2016-2017 Wilfred Wells
5/4/2017 Ch. SL 2017-10 RR AENR
Environment General Government Information Technology Military & Veteran Planning & Land Use

Among numerous other changes to state laws, allows public agencies such as municipalities to exclusively fulfill public records responsibilities by making public records or computer databases available online in a downloadable format. Directs a report by a committee comprised of state and local government agencies—including the League—on development and use of computer databases by these public units and the need for public access to those public records. Exempts landscaping materials from built-upon area calculations for stormwater runoff. Directs state regulators to change current rules for stream mitigation to exempt the first 300 linear feet of stream bed loss from mitigation requirements. Eliminates a reporting requirement that currently requires cities to submit an annual report on how they address complaints by consulting engineers. Establishes a committee of state officials that seeks to coordinate and encourage landowners near military installations to engage in land uses that are compatible with federal defense activities. (version 1)

S 0163 MonitorSolid Waste Amendments Trudy Wade
3/2/2017 Re-ref to Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate -AENR
Environment Utilities

Among other changes, clarifies that a local government may grant a solid waste franchise for a sanitary landfill for a period of 60 years. (version 1)

S 0268 MonitorStormwater/Flood Control Activities Floyd McKissick
3/16/2017 Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate -RulesOS
Environment Public Safety Transportation Utilities
Grants specific authority, under certain conditions, to the cities of Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, and Winston-Salem to purchase property for the purpose of demolishing flood-prone buildings; and elevate, demolish, or retrofit flood-prone structures.  (version 1)
S 0469 MonitorAmend Environmental Laws - 4 Harry Brown
6/30/2017 Re-ref Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House RulesCOH SLG
S 0480 MonitorProtection From Government Overreach Act Wilfred Wells
3/30/2017 Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate -RulesOS
Environment Utilities

Among other changes to state rulemaking procedures, prohibits any state agency rulemaking that would have an estimated fiscal impact of $100 million for any five-year period. Sets a supermajority voting requirement, as well as other requirements including legislative oversight and review, for approval of rules that have an estimated fiscal impact of $10 million over any five-year period. (version 1)

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