WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Jim Flechtner, the executive director of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, sent a letter to NC Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan on Thursday asking for all the data the department has on unregulated contaminants being discharged into the Cape Fear River from the Chemours Company's work site in Bladen County.
In CFPUA's Friday afternoon email update, the utility said an Oct. 24 press release by NCDEQ included a response from Chemours assuring the regulatory agency has stopped releasing fluorinated compounds into the river. CFPUA said it has reason to believe more data exists.
"Unfortunately, we have yet to receive data from DEQ on the quantity and identity of unregulated compounds being discharged from the Chemours site," the letter reads. "The data given to DEQ by Chemours would allow the researcher at UNC Wilmington to avoid spending their resources on identifying compounds already known to DEQ.
"It would also allow CFPUA to immediately include those compounds in our pilot testing program -- giving staff the opportunity to make decisions on treatment upgrades with the best, most comprehensive information available."
In addition to Thursday's request, CFPUA said it has yet to receive a response from DEQ to the public records request made on Monday.
Thursday's letter is included in the PDF below: