NC forestry highlighted in green-energy bill

May 15, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

RALEIGH, N.C. -

A bill sought by North
Carolina’s forest products industry has cleared the House despite
opposition by legislators worried it could harm a Charlotte-based steel
company.

The House gave its final approval Monday evening to
legislation making clear no taxpayer-funded project could use a
green-building rating system in which North Carolina forestry products
are at a disadvantage compared to imported lumber.

The bill now
headed to the Senate following a 70-43 vote would target Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design system. Bill supporters say a very small
percentage of North Carolina forests meet LEED standards.

House
members differed on whether the measure will generate new forestry jobs
or hurt recycled steel manufacturer Nucor, which benefits from LEED
projects.

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