ENC Regional News
1:58 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

More Landfill Space Could Open Up in North Carolina

North Carolina Waste disposal companies could have more room to build landfills in legislation that changes a 2007 law designed to discourage out-of-state trash from being shipped Down East. Jared Brumbaugh has more.

The Senate Finance Committee voted Wednesday for legislation sought by the waste industry the bill's next stop is the full Senate. Buffer lengths between a landfill and state parks and gamelands approved in 2007 would be reduced. Buffers for a national wildlife refuge would be lowered from 5 miles to 1,500 feet.  Bill sponsor Sen. Trudy Wade says the legislation will help the state handle landfill capacity issues in the future. Environmental groups say the proposal will bring mega-landfills to the state. A state environmental regulator told the committee his agency doesn't believe its regulatory authority is diminished under the bill. Jared Brumbaugh, Public Radio East.