Raleigh, N.C. – A bill empowering local officials to find, treat and remove the contaminant GenX from the lower Cape Fear region’s water supply is now law after the state Senate on Wednesday voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of House Bill 56.
“It’s a shame that families in the lower Cape Fear region had to wait this long for a solution because of the governor’s veto, but we are pleased our Senate colleagues ended the delay and helped make this local solution that will actually help clean our drinking water a reality,” said Sens. Michael Lee (R-New Hanover) and Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick.)
The plan, developed by Wilmington-area legislators, takes steps to immediately and directly address the problem of GenX contamination in the lower Cape Fear region by:
· Directing $250,000 to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to quantify the amount of GenX in the Cape Fear River and determine the impact it could have on public health and safety.
· Providing $185,000 to the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and other local public utilities to develop treatment technologies to remove GenX from public water supplies, and to make sure that treatment is working through ongoing monitoring.
· Beginning the development of an electronic filing system to speed up the water quality permitting process along with an online, searchable database where local officials and the public can easily find information on permits that have already been granted.