Representative: Demand Chemours officials speak in Wilmington or shut the plant down
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – One local lawmaker is issuing an ultimatum to the company responsible for putting GenX into the Cape Fear River.
Representative Ted Davis is requesting an ultimatum. In a letter obtained by WWAY, Davis requests Governor Roy Cooper and the state Department of Environmental Quality ask Chemours officials to talk.
“They can choose one or two things, they can hide behind the lawsuits and answer only to their shareholders or they can engage in this community and give this community some peace of mind.”
The company declined county commission Chairman Woody White and Mayor Bill Saffo’s request to hold a meeting in Wilmington.
“They’ve obviously opted for the first choice and we’re disappointed in that,” said Chairman White.
In July, White and Saffo asked Chemours to speak about their ongoing efforts to reduce discharge of GenX. At the beginning of August we learned the company declined the request. Officials responded with a letter touting their multi million dollar efforts to control emissions and offer a private tour of the facility for white and Saffo.
“That doesn’t help our citizens,” said White.
Chairman Davis in the letter asking, “What does Chemours have to hide? We need answers and we deserve answers.”
He asks the NC DEQ use their power to revoke the company’s permits and shut down all operations if they decide to decline a second time. A request that is receiving the applause from county leaders.
“If it takes that to get their attention then by gosh that’s what we should do,” said commissioner Rob Zapple. “We need to have them sit down and be held accountable to hear our side and to see what they are planning for the future.”
On Monday, a state science panel upheld the current state health goal of GenX levels in drinking water. EPA officials reported last week that they plan to release toxicity reports for the chemical next month.
Rep. Ted Davis Letter regarding Chemours