State Actions & What's With the Spike In GenX Levels Last Week?

Governor Roy Cooper visited Wilmington yesterday (July 24) for a closed session with civic leaders (see StarNews reporter Adam Wagner’s notes from this meeting HERE), as well as a press conference (watch in its entirety HERE).

We are grateful for Gov. Cooper’s attention; for a list of "Water Quality State Action Items," which were announced at this press conference, click HERE.

Clean Cape Fear’s Harper Peterson was invited to attend and asked for an explanation from DHHS about why they changed their ‘health goal’ from 70,000 ppt to 140 ppt.  As we reported in the Daily Filter’s July 21 post, there is no real scientific basis for this number.

We also don’t have an explanation about the spike in GenX concentration found four days AFTER Chemours said it stopped additional discharge of the compound.  So, some of our Clean Cape Fear scientists have done some research and put together their findings to help us understand if the spike in GenX concentration is due to river flow. Read their findings HERE.

ACTION ITEMS:

  1. Sign and share our petition.
  2. Don’t forget to attend this week’s Water Wednesday where we will learn from Professor Jaime DeWitt (who has studied GenX-like compounds for 15 years) how these compounds affect our immune systems; and we will learn the latest from Professor Detleff Knappe, who continues his research into the compounds found in our river.
  3. Call your legislators and ask them to Support Gov. Cooper's request for $3 million in Emergency Funds for DEQ: |NC Senate representing counties with contaminated drinking water: 

Mike Lee: (New Hanover): 919 715 2525
Bill Rabon: (Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender): 919 733 5963
Danny Earl Britt, Jr. (Columbus): (919) 733 5651

General Assembly members representing counties with contaminated drinking water:
Frank Iler (Brunswick): 919 301 1450
Deb Butler (Brunswick, New Hanover) 919 733 5754
Ted Davis (New Hanover): 919 733 5786
Holly Grange (New Hanover): 919 733 5830
Chris Millis (Pender): 919 715 9664
Brendan Jones: (Columbus): 919 733 5821

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