Monday, March 03, 2014

The Rogues in Charge of Protecting NC's Water

Gov. McCrory has now bragged, with reference to the third largest coal ash spill in U.S. history, that "I know infrastructure [at Duke Energy] and I know management and I know engineering. Somewhere along the way there has been a breakdown in ensuring that site [on the Dan River] was properly maintained."

Does anyone within the sound of McCrory's mis-firing synapses really believe that he knows squat about engineering, or about anything else beyond smiling for the camera?

And now the New York Times has uncovered this eye-witness account from last June, when water pollution regulators at the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, were given new marching orders "on behalf of North Carolina’s new Republican governor and conservative lawmakers" (courtesy of "The Morning Memo" at the N&O):
“The General Assembly doesn’t like you,” an official in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources told supervisors called to a drab meeting room here. “They cut your budget, but you didn’t get the message. And they cut your budget again, and you still didn’t get the message.”
From now on, regulators were told, they must focus on customer service, meaning issuing environmental permits for businesses as quickly as possible. Big changes are coming, the official said, according to three people in the meeting, two of whom took notes. “If you don’t like change, you’ll be gone.”
"Customer service" = kowtowing to corporate polluters.

Yep, North Carolina, your air and water is in good hands! That "expert" in infrastructure, engineering, and management is running everything!

1 comment:

Richard Tidyman said...

As one young man so eloquently said "Thanks for nothing Pat!" Works here a matter of fact, can't think of a single issue that Pat didn't deserve the sentiment.