The frustration is clearly obvious among state legislators discussing a program to clean up chemicals used in dry cleaning.

The state has identified over 200 sites that are contaminated by dry cleaning solvents. After 10 years three sites have been cleaned.

The program leader says eventually over 900 sites could be located.

Representative Pryor Gibson of Wadesboro is on the Environmental Review Commission and told the division chief on Thursday that if the work didn’t speed up the fund could be raided in an attempt to balance the budget.

“Your programs are going to be under attack every single day because we’re going to be laying off state employees,” Gibson said. “We’re going to be doing things we’ve never done in 50 years in state government.”

The division chief said they are looking for ways to work faster and said a lot more of the money would be spent over the next two years.