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Shuttered EPA Puts Pressure on N.C. to Fund Water Testing

Jan. 8, 2019, 4:12 PM

North Carolina can’t get toxicity test results for contaminated water samples from the federal government, putting new pressure on the state to fund its own testing.

State regulators had previously sought funding for their own testing equipment, a request lawmakers denied last year. Environmental groups and local officials are urging the Legislature to look at that again when the 2019 session begins Jan. 9.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has been regularly sampling the surface and drinking water from the Cape Fear River near the Chemours Co.'s manufacturing plant at Fayetteville for fluorinated chemical contamination. Those ...