Raleigh, N.C. – Members of the North Carolina Senate announced Tuesday they intend to call a legislative hearing to obtain answers after Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration failed to answer the overwhelming majority of direct questions they posed about inconsistencies in his administration’s handling of the discharge of GenX in the Cape Fear River and how his additional appropriations request would be used to meaningfully improve water quality and public safety in the lower Cape Fear region.
Speaking on behalf of the group of senators who wrote the original letter, Sen. Michael Lee (R-New Hanover) issued the following statement:
“Families in the lower Cape Fear region deserve to know that they have clean, safe drinking water, and that they can trust the state agencies responsible for keeping our water safe. We are disappointed in Gov. Cooper’s proposed response to this crisis because it does nothing to actually address the immediate problem of GenX in our drinking water.
“What’s worse, when we asked the governor serious questions about how his proposal would truly improve water quality in the region and when his administration knew about the GenX discharge into the Cape Fear River, we were met with an evasive, dismissive and unserious response.
“Gov. Cooper needs to work together with the legislature to get the honest answers to these questions that our constituents and the public expect. Then we must work together to develop a plan to address the immediate problem of GenX contamination in our water. In the coming days, we intend to exercise our legislative oversight responsibilities to move this process along.”