Today state officials recommended new, stricter guidelines, to make landfills safer in North Carolina. But is the proposed legislation enough to keep companies like Sims Hugo Neu from building a massive landfill here? Permit fees and statewide surcharges for solid waste disposal; just a couple of suggestions given to law makers by the Division of Waste Management. "It's a start," Veronica Carter with the Cape Fear Citizens for a Safe Environment said, "It's like we're running for a marathon right now and when you start running for a marathon you don't just go out and run 26 miles." Carter says the state's recommendation for stricter rules for landfills, need to be even tighter. "We need more," Carter said, "We need for these recommendations to be strengthened we need companies to be responsible." Carter says she's hoping the state's recommendations and future legislation keeps corporations like Sims Hugo Neu from dumping unsafe materials in Navassa. "We live here and they don't and we're not going to stop until they're not here," Carter says. While it's far from being a law on the books, Carter says there should be stricter limitations and guidelines, and these recommendations are a step in the right direction. "We've got legislatures more than just the ones in the counties that are affected, we've got the entire general assembly thinking and talking landfills and environmental." Carter says she is reviewing the Division of Waste Management's proposal and hopes to change some of the wording so it's without loopholes. Carter hopes the proposed restrictions will make North Carolina less attractive to all waste management companies.
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