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Committee Formed to Make Deal on NC Environmental Rules

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Jeremy Loeb
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French Broad River

embers of the North Carolina House and Senate will form a committee to tackle numerous proposed changes to the state's environmental regulations in hopes of reaching a set of compromises before the end of the summer.

The House formally voted on Wednesday to reject Senate changes to a regulatory reform bill which included new rules regarding air and water pollution, as well as less environmental issues such as ATV ridership.

More than 30 activists, lobbyists and attorneys gave public comment on the bill Tuesday, with many expressing concerns about health and pollution.

Rep. Patricia McElraft, R-Carteret, sponsored the original one-page bill which passed the House in April, before the Senate added more than 50 pages of regulatory changes.

McElraft will chair the conference committee tasked with forming a compromise package.

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