RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Senate has passed a bill that will delay pollution controls to protect Jordan Lake by two years. They also struck down a bill that would have forced cities to provide water and sewer services to all property owners within their urban growth areas.
The bill to postpone pollution preventions passed 69-49 early Tuesday morning and now heads to the governor. The Senate voted 15-25 against the water mandate bill late Monday night.
The bill pushes back an August 2012 deadline to 2014 for new developers to comply with environmental agreements set in 2009 to protect Jordan Lake.
Supporters argue pollution from the developments won’t feed much into the lake and the regulations are too stringent. Opponents say the pollution controls are needed immediately to protect drinking water.
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