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North Carolinians aren’t left wanting more after GA introduces four orphan bills

The North Carolina General Assembly has a knack for passing laws that no one asked for and no one wants. These four orphan bills have been left out in the cold with no one to claim credit for them and unlike poor Oliver Twist, North Carolinians are not asking for more.

Aerosolization of Leachate 

Rep. Jimmy Dixon spent last session fighting for the aerosolization of leachate, a process, he noted, that has its origins in chemical warfare

Despite Dixon’s push for H576, one of the largest waste management services in the United States, Waste Management, is not planning on using the new technology.

The company’s relations specialist has said that Waste Management does not use and is not in favor of the aerosolization technology.

Wind Farm Moratorium

Sen. Harry Brown, a longtime opponent of wind farms, used the last day of session to add an 18-month wind farm moratorium to an unrelated energy bill.

Sen. Brown has used his concern for military operations in North Carolina to defend his opposition to wind farms. However, there is little evidence to support his concerns as valid. 

Currently, wind farms must receive approval from the Department of Defense as well as the Federal Aviation Administration before they can be built. 

Rep. Steinburg claims that Brown is using the military as a “straw man” saying, “He has repeatedly said military leaders tell him off the record that wind is a threat, but he has no evidence to support the claim and I have yet to find anyone from the military to say that.” 

Duke Energy Deadline 

Sen. Trudy Wade offered a rewrite of 2016 legislation that would remove a provision requiring Duke Energy to identify a third coal ash pond to be excavated by July 1. The change was voted favorable in the Senate Commerce and Insurance Committee and was then passed in the Senate.

A spokeswoman from Duke Energy said that the company did not ask for the change in legislation.

Despite the proposed change, Duke Energy did meet the original July 1 deadline and selected its Cape Fear Plant as its third excavation site.

Reduction in the Court of Appeals 

Setting off yet another legal battle between Gov. Cooper and the General Assembly, Reps. Justin Burr and Sarah Stevens introduced a bill that would reduce the number of judges on NC’s Court of Appeals from 15 to 12.

During his defense of H239, Rep. Burr admitted that he did not consult with the courts and that they did not push for this legislation.

Maybe during next session the legislature can make better use of its time and pass bills that the people of North Carolina actually want.