Local resolution addressing GenX passed at annual meeting of NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Posted January 27, 2020 at 4:21 pm     Category: News ReleaseSoil and Water Conservation

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The New Hanover County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors presented a resolution to address GenX and other PFAS chemicals at the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ annual meeting, held January 5 – 7, 2020, in Charlotte, NC. The local resolution was considered and passed by the State organization; the first time GenX and PFAS have been formally addressed by Soil and Water Conservation at the state level.

The original resolution from the New Hanover County Board of Supervisors called for guidance from the Precautionary Principle, defined as “the principle that the introduction of a new product or process whose ultimate effects are disputed or unknown should be resisted.” The resolution also called for defining a list of industrial synthetic compounds that have been discharged into the environment, for the state of North Carolina to establish enforceable requirements banning the discharge of PFAS compounds and adequate funding to be allocated to ensure ongoing oversight and compliance.

New Hanover County Board of Supervisors member Evan Folds attended the annual meeting and defended the resolution in the Water Resources Committee.

“This is an important step forward as our state level Soil and Water staff will now be lobbying state legislators to bring attention and action to the PFAS issue we are experiencing in Southeastern North Carolina,” said Folds.

Read the resolution considered at the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts annual meeting here.

The New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District is a county organization and considered a special purpose district of the state, operating through local contracts and a mandate to educate the public and protect and enhance the quality of soil and water.

For more information, contact New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District Director, Dru Harrison at drharrison@nhcgov.com or 910-798-7135.

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