House and Senate negotiators last week settled on increased budget ceilings for the next two years, but exact numbers by department have yet to be spelled out.
The House and Senate continue to address flood prevention and resilience in this year’s session of North Carolina General Assembly.
Senate Republicans said Wednesday they won’t confirm Dionne Delli-Gatti as the first woman to lead the state Department of Environmental Quality, a move Democrats say has nothing to do with qualifications.
A House environment committee was to review flood resilience and mitigation legislation Tuesday and budget committees are set to begin meeting Wednesday.
The state House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill restricting the use of firefighting foam containing poly-fluoroalkyl substances.
This year’s farm bill includes a provision creating a general permit for animal operations to build and operate farm digester systems for capturing methane for energy.
Support appears to be growing in North Carolina for using natural, restored and working lands to help offset carbon emissions and reduce flooding severity.
A new legislative committee is expected to push measures addressing riverine flooding and resiliency needs as numerous bills with coastal provisions advance.
Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposed spending plan would increase funding for conservation, parks, flood mitigation and other coastal projects.
With a shift in public perception and a statewide plan for climate resilience, efforts to shape policy and protect vulnerable communities still face challenges.
Economic uncertainty associated with the coronavirus pandemic clouds what would be a rosy budget outlook, as coastal legislators seek funding for state attractions.
Gov. Roy Cooper has named Dionne Delli-Gatti as his appointee to replace EPA nominee Michael Regan as the state’s environmental secretary.
Legislation filed last week in the North Carolina General Assembly is aimed at getting federal help to extend jetties at Oregon Inlet and build a proposed terminal groin at North Topsail Beach.
Michael Regan, Biden’s nominee to lead the EPA, can likely expect questions on some of the same issues during his confirmation Wednesday as when he was confirmed NCDEQ secretary.
The N.C. Environmental Management Commission took no action to adopt an updated water resources plan for the Chowan River Basin, which has seen a steady increase in toxic algae blooms.
With Gov. Roy Cooper now in his second term and the legislature convening Wednesday, budget and pandemic response agreements remain on the to-do list from last year.