Crib Notes from Oct. 26 House Select Committee on NC River Water Quality

Below is a collection of quotes presented or stated to media at the October 26, 2017 House Select Committee on NC River Water Quality Meeting - the second in a series of meetings discussing Chemours' contamination of the Cape Fear River and surrounding areas. 

"So then the question becomes, of course, 'What is in this wastewater?'"  
North Carolina State University professor Detlef Knappe

"The thing that has impressed me every time we have one of these meetings is just how little we know....I want so hard to get a grasp on it, and it just gets bigger and bigger""
Rep. Ted Davis (R) - Chairman of the House Select Committee on NC River Water Quality

Anyone who's made an issue of funding or otherwise tried to make GenX a political issue, "needs a spanking and needs to be sent to timeout."
Rep. James Dixon (R) - Member, House Select Committee on NC River Water Quality

"Certainly, we're making sure that anyone whose even a little bit above the state's provisional health goal is provided with bottled water by Chemours as a short term measure [and] we're also working with the counties as well as the company to come up with more long-term measures."
Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Jamie Kritzer

 "The way we regulate contaminants is like Russian roulette; we should require industry to show their waste streams don't endanger human health and the environment and the state may warrant stronger protections than at the federal level."
Cape Fear Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette

“If we don’t know what they do, they shouldn’t be discharged into the water.”
Rep. Holly Grange (R) - Member House Select Committee on NC River Water Quality

“There’s a balance between the public health and the economics of industry,”
Rep. James Dixon (R) - Member, House Select Committee on NC River Water Quality

“There is great reluctance to regulate man-made chemicals; we need new monitoring and permitting approaches to protect the drinking water quality downstream.” 
NC State University professor Detlef Knappe

“I’m raising my two daughters on the river. They've been drinking that water every day of their lives.  That fact worries me.”
Cape Fear Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette

To view the Oct. 26 meeting presentations, go to: http://ncleg.net/gascripts/DocumentSites/browseDocSite.asp?nID=362&sFolderName=\Meetings

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