GenX no longer on agenda for legislative panel overseeing environment
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Yes, ContinueNo Raleigh, N.C. — As state regulators ordered chemical maker Chemours on Wednesday to supply bottled water to 30 more households near its Bladen County plant, the General Assembly’s major environmental oversight commission didn’t even address the water contamination problem associated with the plant.
Out of about 350 private wells near the Chemours plant tested so far, two-thirds have had GenX in them, and half of those had levels of the chemical above the state’s goal of 140 parts per trillion.
Overall, 115 households have been found to have contaminated wells.
Some House lawmakers want to take up legislation on GenX during a special session scheduled for Jan. 10, but the issue wasn’t even mentioned Wednesday at the Environmental Review Commission, the top oversight body on the matter.
After that, the House and the Senate set up separate committees to look at the issue.
Rep. Chuck McGrady , R-Henderson, the chairman of the ERC, said House and Senate leaders made the decision to take GenX away from his commission, but having other panels handling it does free up the ERC to deal with the other environmental issues.
Harrison says any legislation should include more money for DEQ to address GenX.