I am pleased to announce that I have been appointed by Speaker of the House Tim Moore to serve on the Environmental Review Commission, which is comprised of members from both the House and the Senate. The duties of the Commission include the protection of public health and our environment.
In making the appointment, Speaker Moore stated "I am confident you will have much to offer the Environmental Review Commission and will be effective and diligent in your service to our State". With the issue of water quality in New Hanover and surrounding Counties, I am honored with the faith that Speaker Moore has in me and appreciate the opportunity to continue to work on the safety of our drinking water.
On a related note, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $2.7 billion for State Revolving Funds, including $62,783,000 for North Carolina. This funding will assist states with infrastructure projects that help protect surface water and provide safe drinking water to communities across the country.
I look forward to working with the Environmental Review Commission to see that these funds are effectively used to our benefit.
In addition, when I was recently in Raleigh, Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Michael Regan came to visit me in my office to discuss various issues involving the Chemours Plant near Fayetteville. That discussion included measures taken by DEQ to require Chemours to stop all discharge of process wastewater (containing GenX and other pollutants) 100% and cutting GenX air emissions by 99.9%. I previously worked with DEQ in getting legislation passed that increased funding for the Agency, and I look forward to continuing to work with Secretary Regan on important environmental issues.