WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A New Hanover County representative who is also the senior chairman of the House Committee on River Quality has sent a letter to Governor Roy Cooper expressing concern about the Chemours Company and GenX.
In the letter addressed to Cooper, Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover) expresses his disappointment in Chemours' refusal to meet with area residents to discuss GenX, an unregulated compound dumped into the Cape Fear River by Chemours at its Fayetteville Works plant.
"What does Chemours have to hide?" Davis asks in the letter. "We need answers and we deserve answers."
Davis writes that the state Department of Environmental Quality has the authority to revoke Chemours' permit and shut the plant down and urges DEQ to force Chemours to cease operations if it refuses to meet with people and answer questions in Wilmington.
"While I don't like for employees to lose their jobs, in this case it is necessary for the greater good of protecting all of those being negatively impacted by operations at the Chemours plant," Davis wrote. "The sooner Chemours eliminates the pollutants, the sooner they can return to work."
"I'm trying to work with the governor and that's because this is not a republican, problem this is not a democrat problem. This is a us we problem, so I'm trying to reach out to the governor to get his help so that we can work together to get Chemours to do what they ought to be doing and if they don't, then the only way I know how to get their attention … shut them down," Davis said.
After Chemours declined a public meeting and instead offered local leaders a tour of the Fayetteville Works plant, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chairman Woody White released a joint statement saying they were "disappointed" with Chemours' decision.
Read Davis' letter to Cooper below.