WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority sent a public records request to the NC Department of Environmental Quality on Monday morning, asking the agency to completely satisfy a request the utility made in June.
According to a Monday afternoon email from CFPUA, the original request was made on June 19.
Monday's request asks for the following by Nov. 6:
"Every public record that identifies or discusses any perfluorinated or polyfluorinated substance (including any substance later identified as a perfluorinated or polyfluorinated substance) that might have entered the environment at any time and by any means whatsoever by or at the Fayetteville Works facility in Bladen County, regardless of the date on which the record was created or received by DEQ, whether on, before, or after June 19, 2017 ("Urgent Public Records")."
CFPUA says it needs these documents to ensure that the ongoing pilot test at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant takes into account all known per- and polyfluorinated substances in the Cape Fear River.
Additionally, CFPUA notes that one particular record is of interest: the public records provided by Chemours to DEQ to avoid suspension of its NPDES permit. The letter notes: "The identities of perfluorinated and polyfluorinated substances that pollute a river that is a public water supply source are not confidential business information and should not be withheld."
A copy of the letter is attached in the PDF below.