Buncombe Commissioners pass green cleaning measure; Moogfest funding dealyed, tethering ban considered
(Mountain XPress) It wasn’t quite a toxic argument, but Buncombe County Commissioners fiercely debated a resolution extolling the virtues of green cleaning Feb. 18. Pushed by Vice Chair Ellen Frost, the measure urges county staff to “incorporate environmental considerations into purchasing decisions” using guiding principals developed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Noting that some cleaning chemicals can be toxic to workers’ health, Frost said the measure will help ensure “we won’t see people having to wear masks when they clean.” A pair of hot-button issues originally scheduled for Feb. 18 were delayed. Moogfest’s request for $90,000 in incentives was rescheduled for March 4 so that company President Mike Adams, who was out of town, could attend the deliberations. And a controversial rezoning request to allow a major new mixed use development in Riceville was withdrawn by the company in order to give it time to make some changes to its plans.
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