FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2017
Contact: Ford Porter
Governor Cooper to Visit Wilmington Monday For GenX Briefing
RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper will travel to Wilmington on Monday for a briefing with local leaders about GenX. Governor Cooper will be joined by DEQ Secretary Michael Regan and HHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen.
The briefing will take place Monday, July 24 at 9:00 AM at the New Hanover County Government Center at 230 Government Center Drive. The briefing will be followed immediately at 10:00 AM by a public briefing open to the media in the Andre Mallette Training Center in the Government Center.
Participants in the briefing will include local, state and federal elected officials; county managers; and water system officials.
At the Governor’s direction, the NC Department of Environmental Quality along with the NC Department of Health and Human Services launched an investigation on June 14 into the presence of GenX in the Cape Fear River.
The Cooper administration and others got Chemours, the chemical’s manufacturer, to stop discharging GenX into the Cape Fear. As a result, initial water tests being conducted by DEQ show that levels of GenX in the water supply are trending down. State officials continue to collect water samples, with samples being tested at an EPA lab in North Carolina and a private lab in Colorado.