AN ACT TO AMEND THE LAWS GOVERNING STOP-WORK ORDERS ISSUED UNDER THE SEDIMENTATION POLLUTION CONTROL ACT.
Amends GS 113A-65.1 to allow a stop-work order to be issued for a land-disturbing activity that is in violation of the Article or rules adopted under the Article, when the violation is knowing and willful, and off-site sedimentation has eliminated or severely degraded a use or violated a water quality standard (was, limited to eliminated or severely degraded a use) in a lake or natural watercourse or that such degradation or violation is imminent. No longer requires a stop-work order to be served by the sheriff or another person legally authorized to serve process, now requiring only that it be delivered to the person at the site of the activity who is in operational control of the activity; also makes that person responsible for posting the order at the site. Removes the provision making the issuance of a stop-work order a final agency decision. Also removes the provision allowing the Attorney General to file a cause of action to abate the violation that resulted in the stop-work order. Effective October 1, 2021.
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