Below is a statement from two members of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners regarding the veto of HB 56:
The veto of HB 56 bill emphasizes the importance of environmental protection across the Cape Fear region and the entire state of North Carolina.
HB 56 falls short of providing vital resources to the state agencies that protect our drinking water and does not direct enough money to all necessary agencies to combat the problem of GenX and other unregulated compounds in our drinking water. Another portion of the same bill also takes away important solid waste disposal options, causing operating challenges that will cost taxpayers additional money not only for New Hanover County’s landfill but for landfills and solid waste enterprises across the state. We acknowledge that HB 56 met a top priority of creating the framework of a state program that supports coastal storm damage reduction, and we support that policy without hesitation, but this bill, as it is written, covering multiple, unconnected issues, is not the right way to meet that objective.
The N.C. General Assembly is encouraged to find a sustainable solution to tackle the long-term challenge of protecting our county’s drinking water, supporting coastal storm damage reduction funding, and ensuring business practices that protect the long term interests of taxpayers and make for viable local solid waste enterprises.