CFPUA forms new department to focus on emerging contaminants

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has created a new department to focus on emerging contaminants.

According to a news release, the move to create the Public and Environmental Policy Department comes in light of the discovery of contaminants like GenX in the Cape Fear River.

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“This department will allow CFPUA to incorporate internal and external expertise into the organization’s policy-making process,” CFPUA Executive Director Jim Flechtner said in a statement. “Creating meaningful partnerships with local stakeholders will be the most effective way to address the environmental challenges facing our area.”

The new department will work with existing CFPUA environmental programs and work with local government, environmental groups and members of the community to create new programs. The main goal of the department will be to monitor the issue of emerging contaminants, CFPUA said.

CFPUA promoted Lindsey Hallock to head up the new department. CFPUA says Hallock has a Master’s degree in Agrarian and Environmental Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands. She has five years of experience researching and developing public policy in the governmental, academic and non-profit sectors. Prior to being selected for this position, Hallock worked in administration at CFPUA where she has been involved with programs related to water quality and unregulated contaminants.

Hallock started at CFPUA in March of last year as an environmental data analyst. Less than a month later she was transferred to executive administrator. Then in June she was reclassified to executive administrator/assistant communications officer, though she’s been listed on the CFPUA website as “Assistant to the Executive Director.” Her promotion to the new position pays Hallock $85,000 a year. She had been making $55,146 in her previous post after starting at $52,000 last spring.