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River Quality Panels Take Shape

RALEIGH – House and Senate leaders have announced respective new panels formed to investigate the discharge of the chemical GenX into the Cape Fear River.

House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, announced Thursday appointments to the House Select Committee on North Carolina River Quality.

“The House will reinforce its ongoing investigation into water quality and Cape Fear River contaminants to best address this issue of utmost importance to North Carolinians,” Moore said in a statement. “This select committee can move quickly to analyze the administration’s response, consider legislative recommendations and provide full transparency and accountability to citizens facing this crisis.”

The House committee appointments are as follows: Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover, chair; Rep. Holly Grange, R-New Hanover, co-chair; Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick, co-chair, Rep. Chris Millis, R-Pender, co-chair; Rep. William Brisson, D-Bladen; Rep. Jimmy Dixon, R-Duplin; Rep. Kyle Hall, R-Rockingham; Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford; Rep. Pat McElraft, R-Carteret; Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson; Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan; and Rep. Larry Yarborough, R-Granville.

Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, announced Wednesday the creation of the Senate Select Committee on North Carolina River Water Quality that is also charged with investigating Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration’s response, along with examining strategies to meaningfully improve water quality and public safety in the region and statewide.

Members of the Senate committee are as follows: Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, chair; Sen. Dan Bishop, R-Mecklenburg; Sen. Angela Bryant, D-Halifax; Sen. Brent Jackson, R-Duplin; Sen. Michael Lee, R-New Hanover; Sen. Paul Newton, R-Cabarrus; Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick; Sen. Norman Sanderson, R-Pamlico; Sen. Erica Smith-Ingram, D-Bertie; and Sen. Andy Wells, R-Alexander.

This select committee will play a key role in obtaining answers to the outstanding questions about what happened with the GenX discharge and how the governor’s administration responded, and it will look for solutions to improve water quality in our state’s rivers,” said Berger.

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