Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) and Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) announced the joint legislative Environmental Review Commission (ERC) will convene at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 at the New Hanover County Government Center to investigate the discharge of GenX in the Cape Fear River.
Public officials from the lower Cape Fear region are invited to attend Wednesday’s hearing, which is expected to be the first of multiple meetings the commission will hold regarding the GenX discharge.
Secretaries of the state Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Health and Human Services and Chemours officials are invited to attend the hearing and answer questions about the developing matter. Members of the public are also invited to comment.
“It is important for legislators to visit the lower Cape Fear region and hear from local families, public officials and environmental experts,” Moore & Berger said in a joint statement.
“Legislative hearings will provide a transparent process to help lawmakers and the public understand what happened, review the administration’s handling of this matter, and hopefully begin the process of identifying ways for the administration to address the immediate problem of GenX contamination in our water.”
What: Environmental Review Commission Meeting
When: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: New Hanover County Government Center
Why: Investigative Hearings on GenX Discharge
Members of the commission will receive a tour of the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant operated by the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority prior to the meeting on Wednesday in New Hanover County.