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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina legislators passed tougher state permitting standards for new landfills in 2007. It gave relief to community activists worried about out-of-state trash getting shipped to their counties.

Now the same activists and environmental groups are organizing again after a bill in the Republican-controlled Senate could scale back many restrictions in the 2007 law. That law was passed when the legislature was led by Democrats.

The measure expected in the Senate Finance Committee this week would narrow the reasons why state regulators could deny a permit. Buffers between a landfill and parks, gamelands and refuges would also be reduced.

The Sierra Club's state director says the bill puts landfills above people and natural resources.

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