CHARLOTTE, N.C.: State and local elected officials have expressed concerns that the U.S. National Whitewater Center has reopened its channels less than two months after a rafter died from a brain-eating amoeba and with no new regulations in place.

The Charlotte Observer reported State Sen. Joel Ford said he was “stunned” that the center resumed rafting on Aug. 10. Ford, whose district includes the facility, also said state lawmakers had expected to reconvene in Raleigh this winter and consider new requirements. Ford said lawmakers believed the water channels would remain closed until next year and thus didn’t act immediately.

The center closed after Lauren Seitz, 18, of Westerville, a suburb of Columbus, died June 19 from an infection caused by an amoeba naturally present in warm fresh water.

Some officials said they were under the impression that the engineering and operating modifications suggested by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would take much longer.

“They are exploiting a loophole at the public’s expense,” Ford said. “Are profits more important than protecting and preserving life?”