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The $ 22.9 million two-year plan approved by the North Carolina Senate on May 11, 2017 would include 45 positions in the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality for elimination, and also eliminate the Department’s environmental education program and Department of Environmental Aid, and that DEACS (Customer Service) program, which leads the department’s waste reduction and recycling efforts, cutting more than 32 jobs, according to a report by Coastal Review Online.

DEQ cuts proposed in the plan include removing positions held by DEQ Deputy Chief Secretary John Nicholson and Senior Policy and Innovation Advisor Mary Penny Kelley.

The proposal contradicts the proposal made by Roy Cooper, Governor of North Carolina, in which he and DEQ Secretary Michael Regan asked for additional help from DEQ in fixing a backlog on permit applications that now have a two-year turnaround time Service reports.

The Senate budget would instead cut 14 regional office positions – two from each of the seven regional offices.

According to Coastal Review Online, an email from DEQ spokesman Jamie Kritzer said, “We have serious concerns that the Senate budget does not provide the resources necessary to protect North Carolina’s natural resources and to ensure economic sustainability To reconcile competitiveness. The current proposal removes programs in our agency that are required to educate school children, enable environmental permits, keep pace with economic developments and help the business community steer the regulatory process. We look forward to representing the legislature during the budget negotiations. “

North Carolina House will review and approve its own version of the budget before entering into a conference with the Senate to approve a final state budget to be presented to Cooper.

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), Washington, announced the proposed budget to its members, saying: “In DEACS is the recycling office, officially known as the Department of Recycling and Materials Management, which would also be eliminated in this measure.”

The APR urges its members to take action: “We request that you contact the NC House to request that DEACS and the North Carolina state recycling program continue to be fully funded, and that the House receive that funding relentlessly supported in the conference. “

The organization continues, “North Carolina has long been a strong example of a successful government recycling program, including investment in recycling carts that can deliver more tons. Many recycling organizations like APR and The Recycling Partnership regularly use data and concepts developed by North Carolina. Working with government recycling programs like North Carolina brings tremendous benefits to hundreds of community programs that in turn enable millions of households to recycle. “

Among the talking points that the APR mentions are:

  • DEACS is a non-regulatory division within NC DEQ that provides free assistance to industry, businesses, local governments and individual citizens on a range of environmental concerns and complex regulations to avoid the cost of non-compliance.
  • DEACS studies have documented that 17,000 North Carolinians are directly employed in the state recycling industry. Many of the largest recycling companies are located in rural areas and employ thousands of people to support this local economy.
  • This program has saved thousands of local governments, manufacturers, small businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies money. DEACS helps find market solutions for discarded materials, saving landfill fees and solid waste costs. His support helps manufacturers and other employers achieve their zero waste goals.
  • Technical support and grants from DEACS create important private investments in processing and manufacturing infrastructure for recyclable materials and provide manufacturers with markets for local authority collection programs and key raw materials.
  • DEACS support for rural communities has streamlined dispensing programs, increased material collection, reduced costs, and helped rural counties avoid expensive disposal fees.
  • With technical support and grants from DEACS, more than 300 community curb programs for 2 million households have been converted to cost-effective cart-based collection, enabling North Carolina processors and manufacturers to increase 100,000 tons of recyclable material annually.

The APR provides contact information for members of North Carolina House and suggests contacting district representatives, whose information is available at www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentMe.aspx:

Tim Moore
Speaker of the House
[email protected]
Represents: Cleveland County, District 111

Nelson dollar
Executive Chairman, Home Remedies
[email protected]
Represents: Wake County, District 36

Dean Arp
Chairman, home remedies
[email protected]
Represents: Union County, District 69

Justin Burr
Chairman, home remedies
[email protected]
Represents: Montgomery, Stanly Counties, District 67

John Faircloth
Chairman, home remedies
[email protected]
Represents: Guilford County, District 61

Linda Johnson
Chairman, home remedies
[email protected]
Represents: Cabarrus County, District 83

Donny Lambeth
Chairman, home remedies
[email protected]
Represents: Forsyth County, District 75

Chuck McGrady
Chairman, home remedies
[email protected]
Represents: Henderson County, District 117

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