Rick Dove, the original Neuse River riverkeeper, comes out swinging against Bush’s environmental policies.
Rick undercuts his case by admitting that, in the only concrete instance of federal wrongdoing that actually cites, the weakend federal regs he’s complaining about don’t impact affect NC waters at all.
In 2001 Bush instructed the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance to stop filing new cases against the hog industry unless approved by him. Later, in 2003, the Bush administration passed a rule that allowed industrial hog producers to write that part of their permits that limit spraying of toxic hog waste on fields without state or federal approval, and without notifying the public. While our North Carolina hog regulations are tougher than the weakened federal rules, the important questions is, for how long?
The answer to which is, “practically forever.” Hog farmers have been persona-non-grata in NC for years. Rick acts like George is gonna sneak down to Raleigh in the middle of the night and hypnotize the governor and legislature in one fell swoop.
“You will relax hog waste regulations.”
We will relax hog waste regulations.
“You will call Elizabeth Dole a foxy lady.”
We will call Elizabeth Dole a foxy lady.
“Act like a chicken.”
Cluck. Cluck. Pah-cock!