Memo: Sec. Regan statement on permitting process

Raleigh

MEMO

To: Interested Parties
From: Sharon Martin, Deputy Secretary for Public Affairs
Date: August 3, 2020
Re: Secretary Michael S. Regan statement on the permitting process  

“We must strengthen our state laws and regulations to be more inclusive of communities of color and tribal concerns before a location is chosen and well before a permit application is submitted. This process highlights the allegations of systemic racism that zoning and business-friendly regulations perpetuate against communities of color.   An air permit should not be the first time that a community becomes aware of a proposed facility.  In addition, our state and federal regulations must be nimble and account for the impacts of COVID-19 on those same communities. COVID-19 continues to highlight the racial inequities at all levels of our society and these are the very issues we need to consider as a state."

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