CFPUA continues contract with law firm, releases latest GenX test results

CFPUA continues contract with law firm, releases latest GenX test results
(Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - At a meeting last week, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority voted to continue its contract with the Brooks Pierce law firm.

According to a Monday afternoon CFPUA update, the utility authority's board discussed its legal position in regard to the unregulated compound GenX, which was discharged into the Cape Fear River by the Chemours Company at its Fayetteville Works site. The decision to continue working with Brooks Pierce was made last Wednesday.

"Brooks Pierce has provided a critical service to CFPUA, helping us to build a legal strategy that will work to protect the drinking water source for over 200,000 of our customers," Monday's CFPUA email said. "With the help of the firm, CFPUA will continue to assess all legal options on the table and will continue to push for action from the state and federal agencies responsible for monitoring the quality of the Cape Fear River."

Also included in Monday's update were the latest GenX testing numbers. In water samples taken by the CFPUA at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant, GenX levels rose slightly, but still remained well below the NC Department of Health and Human Services health goal of 140 parts per trillion.

On Aug. 30, finished, or treated, water revealed a GenX level of 30 ppt. That rose to 33 ppt on Sept. 1, 37 ppt on Sept. 4 and 40 ppt on Sept. 6.

Raw water samples haven't been taken since Aug. 19.

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