Late Wednesday morning, N.C. Senate leadership announced this in a news release:

If Gov. Cooper doesn’t withdraw his nominee to lead the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Dionne Delli-Gatti, the North Carolina Senate will vote to reject her. She would be the first Cooper nominee to receive an unfavorable Senate confirmation vote. All fifteen of Cooper’s previous nominees have been confirmed.

At noon, Sen. Leader Phil Berger and Sen. Paul Newton discussed why at a news conference. You’ll also hear them answer reporters’ questions.