NC Air Toxics Program changes get Perdue's backing

By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A top environmental regulator says North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue generally supports a legislative proposal to exempt industrial plants from state pollution reduction rules if they already must comply with federal rules involving certain chemicals.

Assistant Secretary Robin Smith with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources told a legislative panel Thursday that Perdue has seen the bill's language and backs changes to the Air Toxics Program as long as public health is protected.

Business interests want the program scaled back for companies already installing equipment to comply with federal rules to reduce pollution from more than 100 chemicals.

Dan Conrad with the North Carolina Conservation Network told the Environmental Review Commission the proposal unnecessarily increases the threats to public health.

The full Legislature would have to approve any changes.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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What about all the sewage that just freely pours from politicians mouths? That needs to be regulated and the flow shut down. It should be enacted that if a politician reverts on a campaign promise, they can be removed. Like hairspray Slacko and no tax promise and then 89 days later he wants a tax.

While we're on the subject of air quality,how about the smoke that pollutes our air from burning. Both controlled burns and burning allowed by residents in Boiling Spring Lakes? Is this healthy for our children and those with respiratory conditions? Also fire hazards...

There is no threat to anyone's health. What most of us would rather see is a discontinuation of all NC auto inspection programs. They have been proven useless and just another unnecessary expense and inconvenience to motorists. As for giving up Federal highway funds, I am sure that the other states that have abandoned their inspection programs have given up nothing.