Sewer Sludge Bill Introduced

A bill to allow local control of Sewer Sludge application has been introduced by Representatives Larry Pittman, Carl Ford and Michael Speciale.

HB 61 Local Control/Land Application of Biosolids.

This bill would ALLOW the citizens of each county and local municipality to make decisions about what happens in their communities. Most importantly this bill does not require a county to do anything, but will simply ALLOW the local county to do this if they so choose.

The NC League of Municipalities is opposed to this bill because it returns the control of these decisions to the local citizens.

This is what NC League of Municipalities had to say: Legislation Could Change Land Application Regulations

HB 61 Local Control/Land Application of Biosolids was filed Monday and is scheduled for a committee hearing next week. The League opposes this bill because it would limit land application practices and disrupt well-established law that leaves regulation of biosolids at the state and federal levels. By allowing county boards to dictate how residuals from wastewater utilities are disposed, the bill could prove costly for municipal utilities if they are forced to change their treatment processes. The bill is expected to be heard next Thursday in House Committee on Local Government. Contact: Sarah Collins

They are admitting that this bill “would limit land application practices which is the intent of the new legislation. It is returning the power to the people at a local level. Who better than Local County Boards should have the responsibility to regulate these applications, through public notice to the people and providing them the right to say what they want or don’t want applied in their communities. This is desirable over bureaucratic control from easily influenced politicians who don’t have any stake in what happens locally.

Please contact the members of the House Standing Committee (listed below) and encourage them to move forward with HB61 and to vote in support of this change to our existing legislation. In addition contact Sarah Collins at the NC League of Municipalities and tell them you want their support of this change as well.

Local Government

House Standing Committee

  • Meets Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. in 643 LOB

Members

Chairman Rep. Davis
Chairman Rep. Ford
Vice Chairman Rep. Langdon
Members Rep. Ager, Rep. Boles, Rep. Brawley, Rep. R. Brown, Rep. Burr, Rep. Cleveland, Rep. Faircloth, Rep. Farmer-Butterfield, Rep. Fisher, Rep. Floyd, Rep. G. Graham, Rep. Holley, Rep. Jeter, Rep. Luebke, Rep. Pendleton, Rep. Ross, Rep. Setzer, Rep. Szoka, Rep. Warren, Rep. Watford

Link to House Standing Committee