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North Carolina Legislator Profile: Rep. Charles Graham (D-Robeson)

Representative Charles Graham (D-Robeson) was elected to the North Carolina House in 2010 and is currently serving his fifth term.

Graham has a history of siding with Republicans instead of his constituents when it comes to protecting clean air and water. Graham’s votes prioritized big corporations like Duke Energy instead of the people he was elected to represent. 

Graham voted for H467 in 2017, which prioritized big agricultural companies over nearby residents suffering from environmental hazards affecting their quality of life. Graham also supported H576, a bill that would have allowed landfill operators to dispose of “garbage juice” by spraying it into the air, sending harmful chemicals flying over neighbors’ homes and businesses. Robeson county is majority people of color and people of color are more likely to live near solid waste facilities. Finally, Graham voted in support of S729, which allowed Duke Energy to charge customers to clean up its coal ash mess, but the bill did not include Robeson county on the list for priority cleanup. Read more here.

"We are not being fair to citizens who are in these areas and who have sent members here to advocate to protect them and to protect their children and we need to do that.” – Charles Graham before voting in support of coal ash cleanup bill that left out Robeson County

  • Graham voted for H467 in 2017, which prioritized big agricultural companies over neighboring residents suffering from environmental hazards.
    • H467 limited the amount of money people can receive in lawsuits filed against agricultural operations for nuisances.
    • Neighbors of hog farms suffer clouds of flies, intense smells, and are forced to quarantine themselves.
  • Graham voted for H576, which would have allowed landfill operators to spray “garbage juice” in the air, putting harmful toxins in the air and threatening neighbors.
    • H576 would have allowed operators to dispose of “garbage juice,” or the liquid that piles up in landfills, by spraying it in the air.
    • Landfills are disproportionately located in communities of color and low wealth communities.
  • Graham voted in support of S729, which allowed Duke Energy to charge customers to clean up its coal ash mess and did not include Robeson County for priority cleanup.
    • Graham voted to allow Duke Energy to charge customers to clean up coal ash.
    • Despite unsuccessfully proposing an amendment to add Robeson county to the high priority cleanup list, Graham voted for S729.

Read more here.