New landfills in North Carolina will have to meet toughter environmental standards under a bill signed into law by Governor Mike Easley.
Easley finished his summer reading Saturday signing the last 20 pieces of legislation pending from this year's General Assembly session.
The landfill bill was one of the biggest, written to address concerns that Eastern North Carolina was being targeted as a dumping ground for other states. Plans to build a handful of mega-landfills were put on hold for a year while lawmakers revisited the rules, fees and penalties involved.
Easley also signed a bill that creates a special insurance pool
for high-risk patients who can't otherwise afford coverage. And he signed into a law some basic standards for migrant housing.