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  • Summary date: May 3 2024 - View Summary

    Identical to S 858, filed 5/2/24.

    Includes whereas clauses.

    Establishes an 18-member Blue Ribbon Task Force on Wastewater Infrastructure Development in North Carolina (Task Force), to (1) review and assess the current state of wastewater infrastructure in the State; (2) develop strategies and plans for the effective implementation of wastewater treatment projects, for addressing existing challenges and barriers to project financing and construction, and for addressing future needs within the State; and (3) to identify funding mechanisms, including potential contributions from industrial wastewater discharges, to support wastewater infrastructure development. Sets out membership requirements and appointing authority; co-chair appointment process; meeting requirements; staffing requirements; and provisions for per diem, subsistence, and travel allowances. 

    Requires the Task Force to consult with the Department of Commerce, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Utilities Commission, and Golden LEAF Foundation.

    Authorizes Task Force meetings to begin on or after July 1, 2024. Requires a final report on the study to the specified NCGA committee by December 1, 2026. Terminates the Task Force upon the earlier of December 1, 2026, or the filing of the final report.

    Appropriates $10,000 in recurring funds for 2024-25 from the General Fund to support the Task Force.