AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY.
Amends GS 113A-121.1 to require the determination of the appropriateness of a contested case where a third party is dissatisfied with a decision to deny or grant a minor or major development permit to be made within 30 (was, 15) days after a request for a determination is received.
Amends GS 130A-303 by adding that when a state of emergency has been declared by the Governor, or a disaster declaration has been issued as a result of an outbreak of human or animal disease or as a result of a natural disaster, the Secretary, upon finding an imminent hazard exists, may develop and implement emergency measures and procedures necessary to protect the public health, safety, or welfare or the environment with respect to the proper management of solid waste resulting from the event. Sets out what may be included in the measures. Requires issuance of an order when emergency procedures and measures are developed and implemented and sets out notice requirements of the order. Sets out additional requirements for cases of mass animal mortality. Provides that an order expires no more than 60 days after termination of the declaration by the Governor under which the Secretary's order was issued.
Amends GS 74-55 by changing the due date of the annual mining reclamation report to September 1 and also requires that the permittee pay the annual operating fee on that date. Also changes the date for assessing the related late fees.
Amends GS 143-214.15, concerning compensatory mitigation for diverse habitats as follows. Changes references to the Office of Land and Water Stewardship to the Stewardship Program. Deletes the provisions requiring a request for proposal when a nongovernmental entity wants to purchase any of the inventory of land suitable for wildlife habitat, as well as the related requirements on when the State must accept a proposal.