Two lines on page 268 of the 394-page state budget (SB 402) terminated the Uwharrie Regional Resources Commission (URRC).
REPEAL UWHARRIE REGIONAL RESOURCES ACT
SECTION 15.1A. Chapter 153C of the General Statutes is repealed.
Both chambers of the NC General Assembly have passed and ratified the bill, which has been sent to Gov. McCrory for his signature. The lone Republican Senator who voted against the bill was Fletcher Hartsell (Cabarrus County), sponsor of the Uwharrie Regional Resources Act (URRA) in 2010.
The controversial URRC was created in the end-of-session bustle of the 2010 legislative session, behind closed doors, with no debate or comment from the public, by what is commonly referred to as “rewrite by moonlight.” HB 972, which was introduced as a bill to create a Boone water intake, had already passed its second and third readings in the House. A Senate substitute was introduced on 7/8/2010 which completely eliminated the previous bill content and substituted the measure to create the Uwharrie Regional Resources Commission. After non-concurrence by the House, provisions to enable the new commission to “monitor federal activities involving important regional resources” and “to seek enforcement of environmental laws and contribution to environmental cleanup costs” were eliminated from the bill, which then passed on 7/9/2010, before the Assembly adjourned on 7/10/2010. The enabling legislation gave all appearances of not having anything to do with relicensing the Alcoa Yadkin Project. However, appointments to the Commission and agendas were heavily stacked in favor of state takeover proponents. During 2013, the Commission:
Numerous citizens of the area, disenfranchised by the makeup of the Commission, have attended all URRC meetings.