My Policy Report released today, GenX: Early Responses to Unregulated Contaminants in the Cape Fear River, helps answer that question:

This paper uses a question-and-answer format to provide a handy guide through a multifaceted timeline involving scientists, local water utility officials, media, members of the public, state regulators, legislators, and the governor. It examines how state officials reacted to the public health crisis in 2017, from when they first learned of it to when they began to take decisive actions.