It took an NC Senate committee all of 45 minutes to approve a massive roll-back of environmental protections across the state. The Commerce Committee was voting on a "substitute" bill which was unveiled just hours before the meeting. The substitute bill is much larger in scope than the original measure (which was available to the public before the meeting). Now you see it; now you don't.
The main meat of the new law is more of that "conservative big government" bullshit: it would ban local governments from enacting ordinances and rules stricter than federal rules. Federal rules -- on asphalt plants, for example -- are so lax, so permissive, that many local communities have passed their own rules governing where those particular plants can set up their smoke stacks.
Not sure yet how this law will impact Watauga's own Polluting Industries Ordinance, but the bill does away with riverbank buffers along the Neuse and Tar-Pimlico. Buffering of our own New and Watauga rivers was very much a part of the Polluting Industries Ordiance, after the experience in the Seven Oaks neighborhood with Maymead asphalt, which wanted to wash their trucks out into the New River.
"The bill would also permit demolition crews, including those working on old power plants, to dispose of potentially toxic materials on site, instead of transporting them to a landfill."