Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017


N.C. governor strikes down bill that limits GenX funding

The lower Cape Fear River (Coastal Review Online)

Coastal Review Online

Coastal Review Online & WECT Wilmington

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday vetoed House Bill 56, the environmental omnibus passed last month that appropriates only local funding for GenX testing, filtration and research. GOP leaders were quick to denounce the governor’s action. Cooper, a Democrat, said recent discoveries of GenX groundwater contamination near Fayetteville underline that the problem is not just in Wilmington, whose Cape Fear Public Utility Authority began pumping water containing GenX from its aquifer.


N.Y. Water Quality Council takes on contaminants

Times Union & NY.gov

All 12 members of a new state Drinking Water Quality Council have been named, with the group set to hold its first meeting Oct. 2 on Long Island. Gov. Andrew Cuomo named his members to the council on Friday and announced that its first task will be to recommend maximum contaminant levels for PFOA, perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and 1,4-dioxane.


$6.4M to help farmers stop Chesapeake pollution

Lancaster Online & WBOC Delmarva

With pollution from farmland runoff widely recognized as the top ill hindering full restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, Lancaster County in Pennsylvania has become one of the main targets for conservation projects, with a new round of $6.4 million in federal grants and matching funds to tackle the problem. Meanwhile, Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte has proposed an amendment to cut EPA regulations on bay restoration.