New Hanover County Response to NC DEQ

Posted August 31, 2017 at 2:35 pm     Category: County CommissionersCounty ManagerHealthNews Release

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Commissioners, County Manager Chris Coudriet, and Public Health Director Phillip Tarte have released the following statement in response to today’s North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) press release about the identification of two additional unregulated chemical compounds in the Cape Fear River:

“New Hanover County, in a letter to Governor Roy Cooper signed by New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chairman Woody White, is insisting that NC DEQ demand, not “urge,” Chemours to immediately stop discharging compounds into the Cape Fear River. The state should either reopen the existing, albeit expired, permit or issue a new permit that restricts these discharges until we have information on the human health impacts of these compounds.”

Chairman Woody White will be providing a statement to the media today, immediately following the 4 p.m. Agenda Review Meeting in the Lucie Harrell Conference Room at the Government Center.

View the county’s letters that were sent to the Governor’s office and NC DEQ here and view the state’s press release, here.

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Release Contact:
Jessica Loeper
Communications & Outreach Coordinator
910-798-7461

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