BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) — Community members and representatives spoke about environmental threats and hazards facing the Royal Oak neighborhood and proposeed strategic solutions during a news conference at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3.
According to Mike McFarland, with UNC-Chapel Hill, the Royal Oak community just north of Supply is the location of numerous environmental hazards either owned or permitted by Brunswick County. The county's only landfill, a sewage treatment center, a waste transfer station, the animal shelter and many sand mines are located in the community. These hazards, compounded with a high water table and shallow wells, reportedly place the Royal Oak community's drinking water at risk.
The Royal Oaks Concerned Citizens Association filed a lawsuit against Brunswick County. The date of the hearing has not be set yet.