WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Executive Director Jim Flechtner sent an email to all employees of the water utility this week commending the transparency of the organization in the wake of a revelation of the discharge of an unregulated chemical into the raw water supply coming from the Cape Fear River.
Not everyone agrees.
"I will also say however that I'm not satisfied with the timing of releasing it to our board and our staff and the health department, I know it may not have been an intentional act on their part," New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chairman Woody White said Thursday at a news conference.
As a result of the concerns, Board Chairman Mike Brown called for a review of CFPUA's role in communicating the results of the NC State study, which they first learned about more than a year ago in May 2016. Two staffers of the authority are listed as authors on the study, which was published last November.
Brown laid out a new time line Thursday of how CFPUA disseminated the information.
Brown's account differs slightly from what Flechtner communicated to WECT Wednesday, when he stated he first found out about the chemical exposure on March 8, 2017.
Brown and Flechtner did not participate in the news conference following a private meeting with Chemours, the company that manufactures GenX upstream from Wilmington. In an emailed statement, Brown says board member and chemical engineer Jennifer Adams will lead the review and the findings will be released to the public.