The Office of the Governor of the State of North Carolina

09/18/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/18/2019 19:50

Governor Cooper Joins Governors Nationwide to Urge Legislators to Protect Drinking Water in and around Military Bases

Today, Governor Roy Cooper joined a bipartisan group of 15 governors in calling on Congress to do more to protect drinking water in and around military bases, specifically by including water quality measures in the current year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Specifically, the governors urged the legislators to include provisions to protect water sources from contamination by per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The governors' letter requests the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency set an enforceable, nationwide drinking water standard and list PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances.

'Safe drinking water must be a priority, which is why I strongly urge Congress to address dangerous contaminants like PFAS,' said Governor Cooper. 'States need the federal government to regulate these chemical compounds to protect drinking water for all North Carolinians, especially those who live in and around military installations.'

CLICK HERE to read the full letter.