As reported October 5 by Steve DeVane in the Fayetteville Observer, tests are to be expanded in the area of the Bladen County Chemours facility where high levels of “GenX” (used to make nonstick coatings on cookware) have been discovered. According to the article, around 150 people attended a meeting Thursday with Sheila Holman, assistant secretary of the NC Department of Environmental Quality, to discuss questions concerning the chemical release and its potential effects.
Meanwhile, in Raleigh, the NC General Assembly overrode Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of HB-56, which the governor had called “cynical” in its inadequacies. That bill failed to include some $2.6 million requested by the governor for “public health and water monitoring efforts,” according to this News & Observer report.