Gov. Cooper responds to House Bill 56, plan to address GenX

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RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) —  The House joined the Senate in passing legislation to address the GenX contamination in the Cape Fear River.

The House met Wednesday and passed House Bill 56, a bill that includes $435,000 for UNCW and CFPUA.

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The money will help test the amount of genx in the cape fear and determine its impact on public health. It will also help utility companies develop technology to remove GenX from the water supply.

The legislation also demands the NC Department of Environmental Quality to issue a notice of violation to those responsible for discharging GenX.

Governor Roy Cooper issued a statement in response to House Bill 56:

“Clean water that is threatened by chemicals we know little about requires a strong, united and well funded statewide response. A sprinkle of local funds hooked to bad environmental legislation doesn’t help. I ask Republican legislators to work with us to protect the water all over our state.”