NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Below is a statement from a majority of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners regarding the veto of HB 56:
HB 56 included several of New Hanover County’s top legislative priorities including funding for GenX research and testing, and the establishment of a program to protect the state’s shoreline from coastal storms.
With the veto of the bill, the county will be deprived of a rapid and immediate response to address the drinking water situation in the Cape Fear region. While the long-term issue of funding for state agencies to handle enforcement must be addressed, the county encourages the N.C. General Assembly to override the veto so that funds can be distributed locally to start work immediately on the research and testing that is needed to keep our residents safe.
Overriding HB 56 also ensures that New Hanover County and every other ocean-front county has a permanent support system for maintaining healthy beaches and a vibrant economy.