Working to make public agencies transparent, collaborative, modern, and effective.
1) Urge Governor Cooper and the General Assembly to form an independent panel of experts to conduct a transparent review of DEQ's handling of DuPont (Chemours) Fayetteville and the DEQ Title V inspection and permit program.
2) Urge state government officials to provide immediate relief, assistance, and transparency to the communities and individuals down the Cape Fear River with drinking water contaminated by GenX chemicals from the Nafion Vinyl Ethers plant. Government data and documents suggest that the NC DEQ is one of the "responsible parties" for the Chemours (DuPont) GenX chemicals environmental disaster. Specifically, the evidence points to how the DEQ Division of Air Quality for 12 years (from 2005 to 2017) appeared to help DuPont and Chemours conceal the GenX discharges from the Nafion Vinyl Ethers plant along the Cape Fear River near Fayetteville. New evidence in 2020 suggests that the DEQ Division of Air Quality hid the data about GenX discharges from the U.S. EPA.
3) Reform and modernize the NC DEQ Pollution Police Department to help bring our state environmental agency into the 21st century.
Emily Donovan with Clean Cape Fear, Alliance of groups and citizens in impacted communities;
Beth Kline-Markesino with NC Stop GenX in our Water, Alliance of groups and citizens in impacted communities;
Dana Sargent with Cape Fear River Watch, Alliance of groups and citizens in impacted communities;
Hope Taylor with Clean Water for North Carolina, Alliance of groups and citizens in impacted communities;
Mike Watters with Grays Creek Residents United Against PFAS, Alliance of groups and citizens in impacted communities;
Prof. Larry Cahoon at UNC Wilmington, University researchers;
Prof. Jamie DeWitt at ECU, University researchers;
Prof. Lee Ferguson at Duke, University researchers; and
Prof. Detlef Knappe at NC State University, University researchers.
Jan. 27, 2021: Gareth McGrath reports on efforts to push EPA to act on PFAS pollution, Fayetteville Observer (USA Today Network).
Jan. 26, 2021: Sascha Medina reports on drinking water with GenX, PFAS chemicals and new public health concerns, DailyTarHeel.com.
Jan. 11, 2021: Jennifer Allen reports on EPA Denial of petition to address PFAS, Coastal Review Online.