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Disagreement remains on North Carolina landfill bill as moratorium winds down

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RALEIGH (AP) -- Trash industry representatives and environmentalists packed a committee room today as lawmakers considered a revamped bill to set tighter rules and fees for landfills.

Lawmakers are trying to come up with updated and improved regulations for landfill permits, construction and inspection before a moratorium on constructing new dumps expires in two weeks.

There's still plenty of disagreement on key points. Those include the size of proposed buffer zones between dumps and natural areas, and a $2.50 per-ton tipping fee.

Senator Charlie Albertson says it's essential to fix the state's landfill laws because of the growing population and because other states want to import trash to landfills proposed for eastern North Carolina.

The committee didn't vote on the bill.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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