April 10, 2018

The request represents the latest attempt by the administration to fund regulatory agencies

Gov. Roy Cooper made public Tuesday a $14.5 million budget proposal to bolster the state’s efforts to address emerging contaminants, meaning funding the state’s environmental and health agencies will be at the center of yet another legislative session.

“Our administration has taken strong action to hold polluters accountable,” Cooper stated in the release, “but we need meaningful investments in water testing, permitting and scientific analysis to protect our environment statewide.”

Cooper’s budget request included an additional $13.9 million in funding for DEQ, with $7 million used to enhance water quality and sampling efforts, $4.4 million to digitize the department’s industrial permitting system, $1.5 million to upgrade lab facilities and $1 million to purchase equipment and staff to conduct testing. Additionally, the request called for $536,000 to staff experts at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

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