Ralph Northam on Environment
Modernize regulations; strengthen enforcement
I ordered the Department of Environmental Quality to modernize outdated regulations, strengthen enforcement, identify reasons for delays in permitting, and improve transparency. These were the first steps in restoring a critical agency that had been cut
by 30% over the past decade. A major portion is dedicated to community outreach, and it's time to create a permanent Environmental Justice Council. This is about addressing community issues up front. It's about transparency in decision-making.
Source: 2020 Virginia State of the State address
, Jan 8, 2020
I reject idea that environmental regulations harm economy
The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure, and a defining feature of the 6th District. Restoring it is key to ensuring that future generations will be able to use and enjoy its resources. As your Senator, I have worked hard to improve water quality and
resource management in the Chesapeake Bay. In 2008, I supported efforts to begin rebuilding our blue crab populations, and in 2009, I worked to ensure that non-native oysters would not be introduced into the Bay. More recently, I co-sponsored legislation
to ban phosphorous, a key nutrient pollutant, from most lawn fertilizers sold in Virginia.
I believe strongly that it is both possible and necessary to achieve economic development that retains and improves the quality of our air, water, and land.
I flatly reject the idea that environmental regulations harm our economy. One needs to look no farther than the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to see how damaging a lack oversight and safeguards can be.
Source: 2016-17 VA gubernatorial campaign website SenatorNortham.com
, Nov 1, 2011
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