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|Promoted Job Creation through Comprehensive Energy Plan (S820)
Diversified energy production in NC to help provide a secure, stable and predictable energy supply to facilitate economic growth, job creation and expansion of business and industry opportunities. This legislation begins establishing the regulatory infrastructure needed to support shale gas extraction operations.
Accelerated Clean Up of Industrial Properties (H45)
Successfully pushed legislation that permits site-specific risk-based remediation for industrial sites, protects public health and the environment, and encourages businesses to create jobs and grow the economy by allowing cleaned-up sites to be redeveloped and placed into productive use.
Streamlined the State Air Toxics Program (H952)
Successfully advocated elimination of duplicative regulations in the state’s air toxics program and implementing identical requirements of the federal Clean Air Act in order to bring our state’s air-toxics program in line with other southeastern states.
Updated Environmental Rulemaking (H119)
Encouraged improvements to state environmental laws, such as aligning the definition of solid waste with federal definition and streamlining the permit process for sewer system construction, to help alleviate regulatory burdens on our state’s businesses.
Emphasized Certainty in Environmental Rules (H103)
Supported environmental rulemaking reform to enhance effectiveness and fairness of this process, including clarification of requirements for notice, collection and removal of mineral oil discharges from electrical equipment.
Increased Financial Assurance Options for Waste management (H209)
Supported allowance of corporate financial test as a method of providing financial assurance for the operation and expansion of landfills.
|Limited Costly Agency Regulations (S22)
Successfully backed limits on how state agencies adopt costly new regulations, and set a one-year moratorium on new rules.
Lifted Undue Burdens to Protect and Attract Jobs (S781)
Supported increased regulatory efficiency to balance job creation and environmental protection by bringing environmental regulations in line with federal standards and creating a more streamlined and transparent rulemaking process.
Encouraged Fairness through Tiered Enforcement (S781)
Provided more certainty for businesses by requiring the level of regulatory response match the degree of environmental infraction.
Promoted Level Playing Field for Gov’t Competition (H129)
Protected jobs and investments by permitting cities to provide phone, cable and broadband services on terms that are roughly equivalent to a private sector provider – including the payment of taxes; not cross-subsidizing its competitive activity using taxpayer or other public monies; not pricing below cost after imputing costs that would be incurred by a private provider; and not discriminating against private providers in access to rights-of-way.
Created greater regulatory efficiency (S810)
Advanced several goals including clarifications to the Administrative Procedures Act, requirements for agencies to provide private businesses advanced notice on audits, clarification that state Air Quality regulations cannot be superimposed with state Water Quality regulations, and lengthening the term for a solid waste permit.
Strengthened metal Theft Prevention (H199)
Supported legislation that strengthens metal theft protection and property rights by making it a crime to deface others’ property to obtain nonferrous metals such as copper.