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Best editorial of the weekend: Investigate McCrory administration’s water safety scandal

The Winston-Salem Journal minced few words this weekend in an editorial calling for an independent investigation of the McCrory administration’s handing of the ongoing scandal surrounding water safety near coal ash facilities.

Here’s the excellent conclusion:

“In a perfect world, McCrory, a former employer of Duke Energy, would initiate that independent investigation to dispel concerns that he remains too close to the company.

Tuesday, Randall Williams, the health director at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, and Tom Reeder, an assistant secretary in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, distributed an open letter to the media criticizing Rudo over his evaluation of the safety of well-water near the coal-ash ponds. They charged that ‘Rudo’s unprofessional approach to this important matter does a disservice to public health and environmental protection in North Carolina.’

Megan Davies responded with her resignation letter, also released to the media. ‘Upon reading the open editorial yesterday evening, I can only conclude that the Department’s leadership is fully aware that this document misinforms the public,’ she wrote. ‘I cannot work for a Department and an Administration that deliberately misleads the public.’

She leaves a job that paid her nearly $188,000 annually, McClatchy Regional News reported. In a deposition for a lawsuit, she and Rudo testified under oath that they had concerns about the state’s decision earlier this year to rescind do-not-drink notices to well owners, the news service reported. The release of the deposition led to the clash with the McCrory administration.

The problems over the water in question are on track to being resolved because of a legislative bill signed by McCrory, which makes the administration’s current words all the more frustrating and troubling. An independent investigation is sorely needed.”

It’s worth noting that the editorial puts a bit of an overly rosy spin on the matter of the water being cleaned up soon, but it’s on the money with its call for an investigation. Click here to read the entire editorial.

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