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Congress is debating reducing the scope of wetlands protection, while the Bush administration is attempting to revise the recently adopted wetlands delineation manual.
The Southern Environmental Law Center provides a point-by-point argument against Texasgulf's proposed phosphate mining in Beaufort County wetlands and its environmental impact statement.
The Land Conservancy Bill was introduced in the 1973 North Carolina General Assembly. The purpose is to level the playing field when the state is competing with private buyers to buy land for uses such as preservation or limited recreational development. The bill creates the North Carolina Land Conservancy Corporation, a nonprofit organization which would have the authority to acquire land for the state or to sell the state's land with approval of the General Assembly.
The General Assembly passed a regulatory reform bill removing environmental protections from isolated wetlands that are under one acre in size. The bill will benefit coastal developers and lessen regulations for polluters. Wetlands store water, provide habitat for endangered species, and reduce flooding during tropical storms. Additional effects on wetlands are explored.