SwampGate: Charlotte Observer Editorial

“Taxpayers shouldn’t pay twice for one job”

Once was enough for water work, thank you very much.

Posted: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009

“Put this in the category of Huh? It’s hard to believe, but the state of North Carolina agreed to pay a Maryland company almost $1 million earlier this year to remove excessive nitrogen from the Neuse River Basin – but the state had already paid $1.8 million for the same work in 2001 and 2002 as part of a larger contract to replace lost wetlands.

“And here’s the truly confounding thing: There are no state regulations designed to prevent this kind of double-dipping. There ought to be. But state officials said there not only isn’t a law against it, this isn’t the first time the state has allowed a double-dip payment for environmental work, the N&O reports.”