Wilmington City Council to re-vote on Chemours consent order response on Jan. 22

Wilmington City Council to re-vote on Chemours consent order response on Jan. 22
More than 225 people attended the Wilmington City Council's Jan. 8 meeting, with the crowd spilling out into the hall (WECT).

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The City of Wilmington’s formal response to the NCDEQ’s consent order with Chemours will have to wait a few more weeks.

City council members will take up the discussion when it meets Jan. 23 after voting 4-3 in favor of a resolution stating their opposition to the order during Tuesday’s meeting. Since the resolution was not on the agenda, the voting had to be unanimous to pass,

Council member Charlie Rivenbark was vocal about his opposition to the consent order during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. He criticized the timing of the release about the order and the fact Wilmington officials weren’t included in the discussion.

“They got in the bed with Cape Fear Riverwatch and got together and released it on Thanksgiving Eve,” Rivenbark said. “That consent order is repugnant to me.

“We got left out. It’s not right. The consent order needs to have teeth in it."

Mayor Pro-tem Margaret Haynes was content with the consent order and the responses given by DEQ Secretary Michael Regan when he meet with the council Monday.

“I’m telling you Margaret, I don’t care what he said yesterday. CFPUA got left out,” Rivenbark said.

“An authority was established to take this out of the hands of politics,” Haynes responded.

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