In just over a week North Carolina waterways were contaminated by two hazardous environmental spills—but, despite the clear public health risk, we weren’t told about them until days later.
We deserve better than this! Not notifying the pubic in a timely manner puts everyone’s health at risk, especially when our waterways are involved. We have a right to know immediately from our state officials and from the polluters themselves when toxic spills happen.
Please sign our petition below demanding that the public be immediately notified when our health and environment are at risk. Don’t miss the chance to speak out for North Carolina to help protect the health of our citizens and waterways.
As your constituent, I am very concerned about the recent toxic spills in North Carolina, and how long it took before the public was notified.
In late January, 3.5 million gallons of raw sewage gushed into the Haw River, yet we weren’t notified until nearly a week later. Then, nearly 82,000 tons of coal ash spilled into the Dan River and we were not notified until more than a full day later.
Now we’re finding out that there are elevated arsenic levels in our waters and to “avoid prolonged contact” with some parts of the river. We should have been told this earlier! We have a right to know immediately when spills happen.
Protecting the health of NC citizens should be a top priority for state officials, our legislators, and our business community. In the future, I expect our leaders to inform people immediately when our health is threatened, and to enforce existing protections that could prevent these accidents in the first place.
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