Representative McGrady announced his intention to sponsor legislation that will re-create the Coal Ash Management Commission following a NC Supreme Court decision that declared the former commission unconstitutional because of how the commission was appointed.
The NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has responsibility for making recommendations to the Commission as to how coal ash is disposed. The Coal Ash Management Commission would make the final decisions on how coal ash basins throughout the state would ultimately be remediated.
“The Coal Ash Management Commission is needed to review the recommendations of DEQ,” McGrady said. “The legislature wanted an independent body to consider DEQ’s decisions on which coal ash ponds must be cleaned up first and how they would be cleaned up. I am working closely with Senate leadership to move the legislation in advance of DEQ issuing its initial decisions so the newly reconstituted Commission will have the ability to review them.”
The proposed legislation will likely address similar appointment issues for two other state commissions noted in the NC Supreme Court decision.