McCrory signs five bills, including wind energy permitting measure

May 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Gov. Pat McCrory cleared his desk Friday, signing five bills lawmakers had sent him earlier this month. The measures included: 

Senate Bill 91, Prohibit Expunction Inquiry: The law prohibits employers or educational institutions from requesting that an applicant provide information regarding charges or convictions that have been expunged. 

House Bill 149, Caylee’s Law: Named in honor of Florida toddler Caylee Anthony, the new law makes it a crime not to report a missing child in a timely manner.

House Bill 706, Preserve Landfill Space: The new law says that on-site demolition debris from the decommissioning of a manufacturing building, including electricity generating stations, is exempt from the landfill permitting requirements.

House Bill 484, Permitting of Wind Energy Facilities: Those setting up large windmills for energy will have to get permits and alert neighbors, local governments and nearby military installations. “The law establishes fees to site or expand a wind energy facility and gives (the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources) the authority to impose civil penalties if a facility is constructed without a permit or in violation of the permit,” according to the governor’s office.

House Bill 119, Natural Gas/Rate Adjustment Mechanism: The Utilities Commission is authorized to adopt, implement, modify or eliminate a rate adjustment mechanism for natural gas local distribution company rates.

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