New Hanover County is working to ensure that the public is kept informed about the presence of GenX and any other compounds in Cape Fear Public Utility Authority’s water supply and any impacts it may have on the community. To learn more about the Health Department’s active role in this issue here.
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New Hanover County Updates:
Governor Roy Cooper held a meeting and press conference on Monday, July 24 to discuss GenX and water quality. Governor Cooper was joined by DEQ Secretary Michael Regan and DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen. Below are details from the Governor’s visit to New Hanover County:
Meeting Notes: A summary of the Governor’s meeting with local leaders, provided by the Star News pool reporter in the meeting, can be viewed here.
Photos: View pictures taken at the beginning of the meeting and during the press briefing here.
Press Conference: Following the meeting with local leaders, the Governor held a press briefing for the media and public. The briefing can be viewed on the county’s YouTube channel.
Water Quality Action Items: Governor Cooper announced next steps that the state will take to protect drinking water and to get answers for people in our region. View a recap of those action items here.
Meeting Notes: Read a summary of the meeting, provided by the Star News pool reporter in the meeting with Chemours, here.
Photos: View pictures taken at the beginning of the meeting here.
Press Conference: Following the meeting with Chemours, local and state officials held a press conference to provide details from the meeting and answer questions from the media. A full video of Thursday’s press conference can be viewed on the county’s YouTube page.
A meeting with Chemours representatives took place Thursday, June 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the New Hanover County Government Center. Meeting invitees included officials from New Hanover County, City of Wilmington, Brunswick County, Pender County, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, NC Department of Environmental Quality, and NC Department of Health and Human Services. View a press release with the meeting’s details here, and a list of invitees and attendees here.
Pool Reporter Selection
New Hanover County’s Manager provided a statement to the media regarding the selection of a pool reporter to attend the informational meeting with Chemours. You can view this statement here.
Below is a sample of questions that New Hanover County is asking The Chemours Company for the purposes of informing the public:
On June 20, 2017, five days after this initial meeting, Chemours announced that it will capture, remove & safely dispose of wastewater containing the byproduct GenX. The announcement can be viewed here. State and federal regulators have confirmed that they will continue testing water and investigating this issue.
INITIAL UPDATE: A call with The Chemours Company was convened on June 9 at the direction of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. The call included Chemours’ Products Sustainability Director, and the following local officials: New Hanover County Manager, County Attorney, Deputy County Manager, Assistant County Manager, City of Wilmington Manager, CFPUA Executive Director, County Health Director, County Chief Communications Officer, and other members of the county’s executive leadership team. This meeting was in preparation for a face-to-face meeting held with The Chemours Company in Wilmington, NC the week of June 12. Chemours technical experts were present at this meeting to respond to questions posed to the company. New Hanover County requested that NC Department of Environmental Quality attend this meeting as well.
New Hanover County sent letters to the Governor, NC Department of Environmental Quality and NC Department of Health and Human Services regarding the discharge of GenX and other compounds into the Cape Fear River. A copy of those letters can be view below: