February 6, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RALEIGH – Civitas President, Col. Francis De Luca USMCR (Ret.), will address tomorrow’s called meeting of the Air Quality Committee (AQC) of the Environmental Management Commission (EMC). The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7th at 12:30pm in the Archdale building ground floor conference room.
On November 14, 2017, Duke University Environmental Law and Policy Clinic (ELPC) filed a petition on behalf of a national client and several young petitioners (collectively referred to as “Petitioner”) for EMC rulemaking. The Petitioner’s request specifically calls for rules that will mandate an elimination of Greenhouse Gas emissions from all “sources”—including agricultural operations—to zero by the year 2050.
In response to the Petitioner’s rulemaking petition, De Luca filed a request to find the petition incomplete. The basis for De Luca’s request rests on 15A NCAC 02I .0501(b)(3), which mandates that the petition shall contain “a statement of the effect [the proposed rule would have] on existing rules or orders.” The Petitioner’s rulemaking petition did not adequately address the rules under the EMC.
Perhaps most importantly, the rules would be more restrictive than the Federal regulations already in place which is prohibited by North Carolina law. Additionally, the petition is non-responsive to the rules governing the two industries the petition seeks to regulate; the utility and agricultural industries. For more as to the inadequacies of this rulemaking petition, see here.
De Luca, noting the problems these rules would create, warned that they would foster “an economic and regulatory environment in North Carolina that could kill the economy and destroy jobs and families.”
Chair of the AMC, Dr. Stan Meiburg, will oversee the meeting, allowing the Petitioner to give its presentation, followed by the Civitas Institute, which will represent the viewpoint of those opposed to the petition.