Bill Summaries: all (2013-2014 Session)

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  • Summary date: May 2 2013 - View summary

    Senate amendment #3 makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

    Changes the long title.

    Amends GS 160A-174(c) and GS 153A-121(a2), providing that the limitations set out in GS 160A-174(b)(5a) and GS 153A-121(a1)(6) do not apply, regarding the preemption of ordinances of cities, or counties, if they are or continue to be required by an act of the General Assembly or US Congress that expressly requires the city or county to adopt an ordinance.

    Deletes the provisions found in Part VII, titled Permit Longer Alternative Energy Leasing Periods.  Creates new Section 7(a), which allows all cities to lease city-owned property for the siting and operation of a renewable energy facility for up to 25 years (previous edition provided similar language, but included different effective dates). Creates a Section 7(b), which amends Section 3 of SL 2010-57, regarding renewable energy facilities, providing that the act is effective when it becomes law, but Section 1 expires June 30, 2015 (was, entire act expired June 30, 2015).

    Senate amendment #4 makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

    Amends subsection (d2) of GS 143-215.1 (Control of sources of water pollution; permits required), providing that all permits issued pursuant to this section for which an expiration date is specified, excluding permits issued pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, will be issued for a term not to exceed eight years (was, not to exceed 10 years).

    Amends subsection (d1) of GS 143-208 (Control of sources of air pollution; permits required), providing that all permits issued pursuant to this section, excluding Title V permits issued pursuant to this section, will be issued for a term not to exceed eight years (was, not to exceed 10 years).

     

     


  • Summary date: May 1 2013 - View summary

    Senate amendment#1 makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

    Amends the long title to reflect a change in the bill content.

    Inserts a new Section 3.4 to this act, amending Section 2 of SL 2006-246 to define built -upon area to mean a portion of a project covered by an impervious surface (was, an impervious or partially impervious surface). Specifies that "built-upon area" does not include gravel. Directs the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to adopt rules to implement this section and declares that the definition of built-upon area in subsection (a) of this section applies in lieu of any other definition of the term appearing in rules adopted under SL 2006-246 until permanent rules to implement subsection (a) take effect.

    Makeschanges to Part II, which clarifies local government preemption, amending GS 160A-174(b) (regarding city ordinances) and GS 153A-121 (regarding county ordinances) to replace the coordinating conjunction "and" with "or" in the listing of factors that make a county or city ordinance inconsistent with state or federal law.

    Senate amendment #2 makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

    Deletes all the provisions of Section 3.1 of this act, dealing with the disposal of demolition debris from the decommissioning of manufacturing buildings, including electric generating stations.

    Deletes all of Part V, which enacted a newstatute in Part1 of Article 21 of GS Chapter 143, dealingwith exemptions to the riparian buffer requirements for certain private properties in the Neuse River and Tar-Pamlico River basins.

    Makes conforming changes to the bill title.


  • Summary date: Apr 30 2013 - View summary

    Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

    Changes the long title.

    Part I, Fast Track Permitting for Certain Environmental Permits

    Adds new Section 1.1(c), directing DENR to specify the types of licensed professionals who are qualified to certify various design criteria. Provides examples of "licensed professionals" and establishes the meaning of qualified to certify.

    Makes technical changes to Section 1.2 and establishes that DENR must submit its final Minimum Design Criteria to the Environmental Review Commission no later than March 1, 2014 (previously, only stated that DENR's recommendations were to be submitted by that date).

    Amends GS 113A-68, Fast-track plan approval, included in Section 1.4 of the act, providing that the fast-track permitting process would not include a technical review if the applicant (1) complies with the specified Minimum Design Criteria and (2) submits an application sealed by a specified appropriate professional (was, sealed by an engineer). Also allows, but no longer requires, consulting with a technical working group.

    Section 1.5(a) provides that the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) must adopt temporary rules that implement Section 1.3 of the act no later than May 1, 2014 (previously, provided that rules must be adopted no later than February 1, 2014).

    Section 1.5(b) provides that the Sedimentation Control Commission (SCC) must adopt temporary rules that implement Section 1.4 of the act no later than May 1, 2014 (previously, provided that rules must be adopted no later than February 1, 2014).

    Section 1.6 of the act now amends GS 89C-19, Public works; requirements where public safety involved, prohibiting the state and any of its political subdivisions, in the course of conducting a technical review, from requiring revisions to the parts of an application or plan that constitutes the practice of engineering and has been supervised and sealed by a professional engineer, unless the employee or official  requesting the revision is also a professional engineer or an engineering intern with the appropriate supervision. Such approved revisions must be provided by written notice, on agency letterhead, signed by the professional engineer reviewing the submission, including his state license number, and then provided to the permit applicants or the person that submitted the plan for approval.

    Part II, Clarify Local Government Preemption

    Amends GS 160A-174(b)(5a) and GS 153A-121(a1)(6), providing that an ordinance is not consistent with state or federal law when it (1) regulates a field that is also regulated by state or federal statutes enforced by, or a regulation promulgated by, an environmental agency and (2) is more stringent than the state or federal statute or regulation.

    Enacts new GS 160A-174(c) and GS 153A-121(a2), providing that the limitation set out above does not apply to ordinances of cities, towns, or counties if they are or continue to be required by one of the following: (1) a serious and unforeseen threat to the public health, safety, or welfare; (2) an act of the General Assembly or U.S. Congress; (3) a provision in federal or state budget policy; (4) a federal regulation adopted or administered by the state; or (5) a court order.

    Enacts new GS 160A-174(d) and GS 153A-121(a3), specifying which agencies are considered environmental agencies, for the purposes of promulgating state and federal regulations as they apply to ordinances that are not consistent with regulations.

    Part III, Environmental Regulatory Reform

    Deletes changes made to GS 130A-309.09B (Local government waste reduction programs) and GS 130A-294 (Solid waste management program) as provided for in the previous edition of this act.

    Amends GS 130A-294(a)(4)a, which directs DENR to develop a permit system for solid waster management facilities, providing that demolition debris from the decommissioning of manufacturing buildings, that is disposed of on the same site as the decommissioned building is exempt from the permit requirement provided in this section and instead is governed pursuant to the regulations in GS 130A-301.3.

    Enacts new GS 130A-301.3 (Disposal of demolition debris generated from the decommissioning of manufacturing buildings, including electric generating stations, on site), providing the regulations and specifications for the disposal of demolition debris from the specified buildings on site, which include requiring debris to meet five specifications, including, but not limited to (1) the debris is composed of only inert debris and cannot be characterized as a hazardous waste, and (2) the debris is placed at least 500 feet from the nearest drinking water well.  Provides further requirements for the owner or operator after the decommissioning is completed or terminated, such as requiring the debris to be covered with at least two feet of compacted earth and the cover is graded in a specified manner to minimize future negative environmental effects. Also provides certain time-sensitive surveying and recording requirements for the site where the disposal occurred. Requires copies of specified notices to be filed with DENR and the deed of the land to contain provisions alerting future interested parties that the property has been used for the disposal of demolition debris. Makes conforming changes to GS 47-29.

    Amends GS 143-215.1 (Control of sources of water pollution; permits required), making clarifying changes and providing that individuals required to obtain a permit for a disposal system must also have a compliance boundary established; the compliance boundary will be located at the property boundary except as otherwise provided for by the EMC. Also requires that a groundwater violation "at or beyond the compliance boundary" (was, "outside the compliance boundary") be remedied as directed by the EMC.

    Part IV, No Fiscal Note for Rule Repeal (New)

    Previously, Part IV was titled Clarify Master Meter Prohibition to Permit an All-inclusive Lease. This section has been deleted by the committee substitute.

    Creates new GS 150B-21.4(d), establishing that, in regards to the regulations governing the requirement of fiscal notes in the administrative rule-making process, an agency is not required to prepare a fiscal note on a proposed rule change if the proposal is for the repeal of an existing rule.

    Part V, Exempt Certain Properties From Riparian Buffer Rules

    Amends GS 143-214.18 (Exemption to riparian buffer requirements for certain private properties in the Neuse River and Tar-Pamlico River Basin), making a clarifying change providing that the temporary rules adopted January 1, 2000, and the permanent rule adopted August 1, 2000, regarding the protection and maintenance of existing riparian buffers in the Tar-Pamlico Basin, do not apply to tracts of land that meet specified criteria. Amends the criteria for exemption from the rules to no longer require that the property be platted before August 1, 2000.

    Part VI, Reform of Existing Rules (New)

    Previously, Part VI was titled Expanded RRC Authority. This section has been deleted by the committee substitute.

    Provides the definition of an agency authorized to implement and enforce State and federal environmental law for the purposes of this section. Requires such agencies to identify all existing rules for the protection of the environment or natural resources that are stricter than a corresponding federal law or rule. Also requires the same agencies to initiate rulemaking proceedings by September 1, 2013, to either repeal the rules or to rewrite the identified rules to make them no more restrictive than the corresponding federal laws or rules. Exempts the rules adopted pursuant to this subsection from the Administrative Procedure Act. Establishes that the requirements of this section do not apply to a rule if it was and continues to be required by either (1) a serious and unforeseen threat to the public health, safety, or welfare; (2) an act of the General Assembly or U.S. Congress; (3) a provision in federal or state budget policy; (4) a federal regulation adopted or administered by the state; or (5) a court order.

    Part VII, Permit Longer Alternative Energy Leasing Periods (New)

    Amends GS 160A-272 (Lease or rental of property), allowing all cities to lease city-owned property for the siting and operation of a renewable energy facility for up to 25 years (previously, only certain cities were allowed to lease land for the operation of such a facility and then only for 20 years).

    Part VIII, Going out of Business Sale Licensing Flexibility (New)

    Amends GS 66-77 (License required; contents of applications; inventory required; fees; bonds; extension of licenses; records; false statements), providing that businesses required to obtain a permit to conduct a going-out-of-business sale must obtain that permit from an officer designated by the governing board of the city or town where such a sale is to be conducted (previously, businesses were required to obtain the permits from the clerk of the city/town or, if an unincorporated area, from the clerk. Makes conforming changes.

    Part IX, Wetlands and Stream Mitigation HUC Flexibility (New)

    Directs DENR and the Department of Transportation (DOT), no later than October 1, 2013, to petition the Wilmington District of Army Corps of Engineers for greater flexibility and opportunity to perform wetlands and stream mitigation outside the eight-digit HUC. The departments will jointly report on the progress of their petition to the Environmental Review Commission no later than January 1, 2014.

    Part X, Ethics/Advisory Boards (New)

    Enacts new GS 138A-15 (Duties of heads of State agencies), directing the heads of state agencies and chairs of boards subject to GS Chapter 138A to require members of any advisory board to disclose any reasonably foreseeable financial benefits that may be received pursuant to the matter under recommendation when it can be inferred that the potential benefit could influence the participation of the member or impair the member's independent judgment. Also requires the members of any advisory board to provide a list of all grants awarded or employment held during the 24 months immediately before the recommendation.

    Part XI, Severability and Effective Date Provisions

    Provides that Sections 3.1 and 10 of this act become effective July 1, 2013. Section 4.1 of the act applies to all proposed rules published in the North Carolina Register on or after the date the act becomes law.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  • Summary date: Apr 2 2013 - View summary

    Requires the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to develop Minimum Design Criteria for stormwater runoff permits. Requires that the criteria include requirement for the siting, site preparation, design and construction, and post-construction monitoring and evaluation necessary for issuing a stormwater permit.

    Also requires DENR to develop Minimum Design Criteria for erosion and sedimentation control plans issued by DENR and local governments. Requires that the criteria include requirements for the siting, site preparation, design and construction, and post-construction monitoring and evaluation necessary to approve an erosion and sedimentation control plan.

    Requires DENR to consult with a working group, with specified experts, in developing the criteria and requires that recommendations be submitted to the Environmental Review Commission (EMC) by March 1, 2014.

    Enacts new GS 143-214.7B and GS 113A-68 requiring the EMC and the Sedimentation Control Commission to adopt rules to implement fast track permitting processes for stormwater management system permits and approval of erosion and sedimentation control plans, without a technical review when the applicant (1) complies with the Minimum Design Criteria, and (2) submits a permit application sealed by a professional engineer. Rules implementing these statutes must be adopted by February 1, 2014. Requires DENR to identify other permitting programs for which the fast track process would be appropriate and report by may 1, 2014 to the Environmental Review Commission.

    Amends GS 160A-174 (city general ordinance‑making power) to add that an ordinance is not consistent with state or federal law when it regulates a field that is also regulated by a state or federal statute or regulation and the ordinance is more stringent.

    Enacts new GS 153A-121(a1) requiring that a county ordinance be consistent with state and federal constitutions and laws. Specifies six instances when an ordinances is not consistent with state or federal law, including when it regulates a field that is also regulated by a state or federal statute or regulation and the ordinance is more stringent. Provides that the fact that a state or federal law, standing alone, makes a given act, omission, or condition unlawful precludes county ordinances requiring a higher standard of conduct or condition.

    Amends GS 130A-309.09B and GS 130A-294 to add demolition debris (and to expand the items that make up the inert debris or demolition debris to include brick and wood) to those items that may be used as fill and do not need to be disposed of in a landfill or solid waste disposal facility.

    Amends GS 143-215.1 (control of sources of water pollution; permits required) to require any person who is required to obtain a permit under the statute for a disposal system to have a compliance boundary (as the Commission may establish) for various categories of disposal systems and beyond which groundwater quality standards may not be exceed. Limits compliance boundaries to within property boundaries. Provides that when the operation of a disposal system results in exceeding the groundwater quality standards, the Commission must require the exceedances within the compliance boundary be remedied through clean-up, recovery, containment, or other response when three specified conditions are met. Provides that when the exceedances of the groundwater quality standards occur outside of the compliance boundary, the exceedances must be remedied through clean up, recovery, containment, or other response as directed by the Commission. Applies new GS 143-215.1(j) with respect to exceedanes of groundwater quality standards within a compliance boundary and related remedies, in lieu of the restricted designation directives found in the specified rule until DENR has adopted revisions to the rule to comply with this act.

    Amends GS 143-215.1 to extend the term of permits, other than those issued under (c) (applications for permits and renewals for facilities discharging to the surface waters), to a term not to exceed 10 years (was, not to exceed eight years). Also amends the statute to allow third parties who are dissatisfied with the Commission's permit decision to commence a contested case.

    Amends GS 143-215.108 to extend the term of permits, other than those issued under Title V, to a term not to exceed 10 years (was, not to exceed eight years). Also amends the statute to allow third parties who are dissatisfied with the Commission's permit decision to commence a contested case.

    Amends GS 143-151.42 to allow the use of a master meter for electric and natural gas service when the tenant and landlord have agreed in the lease that the cost of the services shall be included in the rental payments and the service shall be in the landlord's name.

    Enacts new GS 143-214.18 to provide that specified temporary and permanent rules concerning the protection and maintenance of existing riparian buffers in the Neuse River and Tar-Pamlico River Basins to do not apply to any tract of land where: (1) the property is private property, (2) the property, prior to August 1, 2000, was private and platted and recorded in the register of deeds office where the property was located, and (3) with the exception of a specified rule, the use of the property complies with rules and laws applicable before August 1, 2000. If the property is converted to a use that does not comply with the specifications, then the specified rule does apply.

    Enacts new GS 150B-21.14A to give the Rules Review Commission to review any existing rule, upon request or its own motion, that was adopted in accordance with Part 2 of the Article. Provides for notice before reviewing the rule and sets forth the standards for reviewing an existing rule. Prohibits the RRC from considering questions relating to the quality or efficacy of the rule. Requires, if the RRC disapproves a rule and the agency responds that it is not changing the rule, that the RRC provide a report in 30 days to the Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee and the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations.

    Includes a severability clause applicable to the entire act.