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General Assembly approves tighter restrictions on landfills

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New legislation approved in the General Assembly today makes it tougher for landfills to be built in North Carolina. North Carolina had been on track to become the 4th largest waste importing state in the country. That's largely because we had few restrictions on dumping here, until now. The General Assembly just gave its final approval to a bill setting stricter rules for landfills. The bill requires taxing waste management companies for bringing solid waste to North Carolina, increasing penalties for solid waste violations, and limiting where companies can build landfills. "We're very encouraged that it will be very discouraging for landfills to get a permit here, such as another Hugo Neu," John Hill,Chairman of the Cape Fear Citizens for a Safe Environment said. More specifically, the newly approved bill includes a $2 per ton surcharge on trash sent to landfills. That money will in part go to fund cleanup of abandoned waste sites and recycling. Local residents say it's a huge victory not only for our area, but for the whole state. "Existing proposed for proposals for four counties are basically dead now, such as Camden County, Scotland County, Columbus County, Hyde County I believe are all basically dead," Hill said.. The House voted 65-46 to approve the long-negotiated bill and send it to Governor Mike Easley's desk for a signature.

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