Community voices GenX concerns at CFPUA meeting

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY NEWS) — Several members of the Wilmington community voiced their concerns over GenX at Wednesday’s Cape Fear Public Utility Authority meeting.

Four people, including former Wilmington Mayor Harper Peterson, took the stand during the public comment period.

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“It’s very frustrating right now. We have a board that’s communicated with everyone else except the citizens in this community,” Harper said. “They need to send out an email right now, today, sharing with the community what they know about this problem. They haven’t done that. They’re waiting on the city, the county, Chemours, DuPont, the state, the federal government. That’s not how you work at the local level.”

All four people agreed they’re angry CFPUA didn’t notify the public about GenX earlier. The utility’s director told WWAY yesterday that the agency knew about the toxin in its water back in November.

They urged CFPUA to address the problem as soon as possible and not wait for state and federal regulators.

The Board of Directors also approved a rate increase as part of its budget for the next fiscal year.