RALEIGH, N.C. — Two of Gov. Roy Cooper’s Cabinet secretaries are asking legislators for more money to protect North Carolina water quality following public outcry that a company discharged an unregulated chemical into a river.

Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan and Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen wrote some lawmakers Tuesday seeking $2.6 million combined. The money would go toward a water quality unit in the Division of Public Health and more scientists and technology within the Division of Water Resources.

The money also would be spent on water sampling for the chemical GenX. Officials say current testing is done by Chemours, the company that released GenX from its Bladen County plant into the Cape Fear River.

The legislature will reconvene later this month.