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Wilmington Votes On Chemours Penalty And FEMA Relief During The Shutdown

File photo of a protest sign in front of Chemours' President of Fluoroproducts Paul Kirsch during a community meeting hosted by the chemical company Chemours at Faith Tabernacle Christian Center in St. Pauls, N.C. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.
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File photo of a protest sign in front of Chemours' President of Fluoroproducts Paul Kirsch during a community meeting hosted by the chemical company Chemours at Faith Tabernacle Christian Center in St. Pauls, N.C. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

This week the Wilmington City Council is expected to vote on a consent order between the North Carolina State Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Chemours that would require Chemours to pay $13 million in fines and fees and provide drinking water to the area surrounding its Fayetteville plant. 

County commissioners and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) have already expressed opposition to the agreement. The utility company’s concerns include the lack of protection for residents who live downstream in Bladen County and the fact that Chemours does not have to admit fault or liability.

WHQR reporter Vince Winkel joins host Frank Stasio with the latest. Plus, the deadline to apply for relief from Hurricane Florence passed just before Christmas, and FEMA has now closed its support center in Wilmington. What is next for those still suffering in the region? Winkel provides an update. 

Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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