RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina environmental groups want the Senate to slow down a bill that would roll back state and local environmental regulations that are tougher than federal standards.
The bill requires cities, counties and numerous state agencies to repeal or rewrite rules that go beyond federal law. It also changes rules meant to protect water quality in two major watersheds and allows businesses to dispose of debris on-site rather than in a landfill.
Environmental groups say the bill takes away flexibility to address local needs and requires further review. Republican sponsors argue federal law already accounts for regional differences and the bill creates a more favorable business climate.
The bill heads to the Senate floor after passing a committee Thursday. Lawmakers took a voice vote after 45 minutes of discussion
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