Raleigh News and Observer
May 7, 2013
Carter wrote the letter, entitled "Nothing Radical In New DENR Mission Statement," as a response to a "Point of View" that appeared on May 1st.
The May 1 Point of View piece “Dangerous DENR direction” asserted that the agency’s new mission statement is radical and “alters the very definition of science.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
The piece claimed that DENR “is the enforcer of the National Environmental Protection Act.” No such statute exists. The closest federal statute with the same acronym, NEPA, is the National Environmental Policy Act. But NEPA is administered solely by federal agencies to evaluate major federal projects. NEPA is not administered by or delegated to any state.
"Apparently, the author of the original letter are offended by the concept that a regulatory agency should actually serve and work with residents, business and industry to effectuate its mission" said Carter after his rebuttal was published. "Regulatory agencies don’t have to approach their missions in an adversarial, combative manner. The authors should note the state’s high unemployment rate and realize that the adversarial approach by prior administrations has resulted in slow economic growth and many companies avoiding North Carolina."
Read more of "Nothing Radical In New DENR Mission Statement" from the News and Observer.
Charles S. Carter has more than thirty years of experience in environmental, legislative, and regulatory law. He is former Assistant General Counsel and Chief of the National Standards Branch for the U.S. EPA Office of General Counsel.