RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 9, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled three hearings in early December to gather public input on a proposed rule that would give the agency’s Executive Director the authority to implement an emergency response plan in the event of a wildlife disease outbreak that threatens irreparable injury to wildlife or the public.
The proposed rule implements the emergency powers authorized by the General Assembly and written into state statute. It would be effective March 1, if approved by the Wildlife Commissioners at their January business meeting.
The emergency response plan would be developed in consultation with the Governor’s office and the State Veterinarian, as required by statute, and would allow the Commission to quickly regulate public activities in order to contain the disease.
The emergency response plan would be effective for 90 days following the Commission’s determination that a disease outbreak has occurred, unless a temporary rule is adopted within that time to continue the provisions in the emergency plan.
The public hearings begin at 7 p.m. and are scheduled as follows:
||Burke County Courthouse
201 South Green Street
||N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Auditorium
1751 Varsity Drive
||Craven County Courthouse
302 Broad Street
In addition to attending a hearing, the public can provide comments by:
- Mailing comments to 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701;
- Visiting the Commission’s website, and clicking on the Submit Comments link on the right side of the home page.
The public comment period for this proposed rule ends Jan. 3, 2011.