NC Toxics Program Magnifies GOP Mistrust Of Agency

Republicans at the North Carolina General Assembly appear ready to try to scale back a state pollution control program housed in a department that's been met with mistrust by some GOP lawmakers.

A legislative committee has spent recent weeks collecting information about the state Air Toxics Program, which evaluates how nearly 100 pollutants discharged from industrial operations could increase health risks for surrounding residents. Business interests call the program redundant with a federal program. Environmentalists disagree.

Committee co-chairman Rep. Mitch Gillespie of Marion said he doesn't want to abolish the program like some lawmakers tried to do in this year's session. Still, scaling back the program would be another setback for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which saw its budget cut by 12 percent this year.

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  • by Dark Horse on Oct 17, 2011 at 05:35 AM
    It's easy to be against something you cannot fundamentally understand because you failed science in school.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Oct 17, 2011 at 05:10 AM
    Read the story next time Barlow, means paying twice for what one agency can do. And China thanks us for sending all those new jobs there while raping America and raising unemployment. Obvously, you have a government really shows. You a tadpole counter for the feds?
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      by Barlow on Oct 17, 2011 at 05:38 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
      Its no secret that the Republicans would like to get rid of the EPA altogether. They won't even admit there is such a thing as global warming. Besides, who cares right? Look at all those happy chinese going off to their dollar a day jobs with bandanas around their face so they don't choke on the smog! We should be so lucky here!
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        by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 at 08:15 AM in reply to Barlow
        Barlow, you won't admit that you never research both sides of any issue. Those blinders must be cemented in your brain because you sure don't use it. You have set the BAR so very LOW for this country that even Obama is above it in your mind. Sure am glad the largest majority of americans have the common sense to use their brains and not believe everything this moron spoon feeds them. By the way, I have alot of friends protesting in NY and elsewhere and none of them want Obama's backing, the protest is non-partisan, no party affiliation, can you understand that? I bring this up because your massiah is trying now to use them as a campaign tool as well and it will blow up in his face just like his last stimulous plan. So sad to be a democrat with only Obama to choose when the whole world knows any body can and will beat him in the elections in 2012. Sorry for your loss.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:31 AM in reply to Barlow
        I think the republicans do admit weather changes because the real scientific community knows global warming doesn't exist. I think the republicans are deferring to scientists rather than political hooey. I mean...did Al Gore go to college to be a meteorologic scientist? I guess not...seems he was a politician with a bunch of left wing nuts like yourself, being paid to make it up. The funny thing, you are still a sucker to him since everybody now knows about Climategate...
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Oct 17, 2011 at 02:48 AM
    If Republicans have their way here and in Washington we'll soon be eating and drinking our own waste. Take a look at what having no control on industry looks like...

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