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NC lawmaker proposes to felonize grease theft

| June 6, 2011

In North Carolina, Rep. John Torbett, R-Stanley, responding to the increasing theft of yellow kitchen grease has proposed a bill that would make it a felony to steal $1,000 or more of yellow grease, and a misdemeanor if less were stolen.  Additionally, Torbett is proposing that any yellow grease collectors must be licensed and inspected if the collectors intend to resell either animal fats or vegetable oils for use as fuel.  Lastly, the collectors must be able to prove that they have $1 million in liability insurance.   Farmers who use such grease for the own purposes would be exempted if Torbett’s proposal is adopted in full.

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