Raleigh, Durham, Granville and Person counties have agreed on a common position on what they want in the state's regulations for clearing Falls Lake of excess nitrogen and phosphorus, but Durham assistant city attorney Karen Sindelar said Thursday there's conflict still to come.
"We've already been made aware the environmental community is very opposed to what's in here," she told the Durham City Council during its discussion of the governments' "consensus principles," which the council went on to approve unanimously.
The state's Division of Water Quality is drafting regulations for public comment later this spring. The state Environmental Management Commission must approve a final draft by Jan. 15, 2011. The rules take effect immediately on an interim basis, but remain subject to further revision by the state's Rules Review Commission and General Assembly.
"This is a really long-term process," Sindelar said, "and I would not be surprised if this goes on for another two years."
The City Council had already approved spending up to $120,000 for the Raleigh law firm Kilpatrick Stockton LLP to lobby on Durham's behalf in the rulemaking process.