Statement Following Meeting with Governor Cooper, Cabinet Secretaries, Local Leaders Regarding GenX

BOLIVIA, NC – Frank Williams, Chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners, released the following statement following this morning’s meeting with Governor Roy Cooper:

“This morning, I joined a bipartisan group of State Legislators and leaders from neighboring counties in a productive meeting with Governor Cooper. I am encouraged by the commitment of the Governor, the Department of Environmental Quality and the Division of Health and Human Services to assessing—and remedying—issues related to our water supply. I am particularly appreciative of the Governor’s insistence that state employees treat the GenX issue as if their own families are drinking the affected water every day. This is the type of leadership we have been looking to the State for, and I am glad that Governor Cooper has heeded our call. While there is still a lot of work to do, I was encouraged by what I heard this morning. Brunswick County remains committed to working with our Local, State and Federal partners on behalf of our citizens.”

Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy and Executive Director of Health & Human Services David Stanley joined Chairman Williams at the meeting.

Click here to view the Water Quality Action Items handout distributed by Governor Cooper’s staff during the meeting (PDF file).

A number of local, state and federal leaders attended the meeting, including:

  • Woody White, Chairman, New Hanover County Board of Commissioners
  • George Brown, Chairman, Pender County Board of Commissioners
  • Mayor Bill Saffo, City of Wilmington
  • Chairman Mike Brown, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority
  • Congressman David Rouzer (attended the start of the meeting)
  • Senator Michael Lee
  • Representative Ted Davis
  • Representative Holly Grange
  • Representative Deb Butler
  • Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary, N.C. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Michael Regan, Secretary, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
  • Susi Hamilton, Secretary, N.C. Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
  • Mark Benton, Deputy Secretary, N.C. Department of Health & Human Services

Brunswick County residents are encouraged to visit http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/genx/ for the most up-to-date information.

Frank Williams
Brunswick County Commissioner representing District 5
Frank Williams
Frank Williams

Brunswick County Commissioner representing District 5