AN ACT TO REFORM AND AMEND THE STATE ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT.
House amendments make the following changes to the 2nd edition.
Amends GS 143-215.22L(d), providing clarifying language that except as provided in the subsection, the definitions set out in GS 113A-9 apply to this section. Also adds language that provides, notwithstanding the thresholds for significant expenditure of public monies or use of public land set forth in GS 113A-9, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will conduct a study of the environmental impacts of any proposed transfer of water for which a certificate is required.
Amends proposed GS 113A-9(7a), the definition for significant expenditure of public moneys, providing that the term means expenditures of public funds greater than $10 million for a single project (was, $20 million).
Amends proposed GS 113A-9(11), the definition for use of public land, providing that the term means activity that affects more than five acres of upland property which results in changes in the natural cover or topography of those lands or activity that would be inconsistent with the approved management plan for a state park (previously, term meant land-disturbing activity of greater than 20 acres resulting in substantial, permanent changes in the natural cover or topography).
Amends GS 159G-38, deleting all the changes made to the section in the previous edition. Deletes all the substantive provisions of subsections (a) and (b), adding language that establishes an environmental assessment process, requiring the Division of Water Infrastructure to establish an environmental assessment process for CWSRF and DWSRF funded projects sufficient to meet federal environmental assessment requirements.
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