City council backs request to stop production of GenX

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington City Council voted Tuesday night to support a request by Cape Fear Public Utility Authority to the NC Department of Environmental Quality, to require Chemours to stop all operations that produce compounds like GenX from the company's site in Bladen County.

Chemours has been under scrutiny since mid-2017 after the revelation that the compound GenX has infiltrated the water supply of thousands in southeastern North Carolina. It has been traced back to the Fayetteville Works Site of Chemours in Bladen County.

Here is the wording of the resolution passed by city council:

Resolution of the Wilmington City Council to Support the request of CFPUA to NCDEQ to immediately require all tenants of the Fayetteville Works site cease operations that result in the production of fluorochemical compounds into the Cape Fear River

LEGISLATIVE INTENT/PURPOSE:
Whereas, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority ("CFPUA") furnishes water to the citizens of the City of Wilmington and portions of New Hanover County; and

Whereas, tenants of the Fayetteville Works site have released, and continue to release, GenX and other fluorochemical compounds into the Cape Fear River from the manufacturing facility located in Fayetteville, North Carolina; and

Whereas, the Chemours company claims it trucks wastewater containing fluorochemicals off-site, but fluorochemical compounds continue to be detected at varying levels in the Cape Fear River and in CFPUA's treated drinking water; and

Whereas, tenants of the Fayetteville Works site have repeatedly demonstrated that they are not capable of continuing operations at the facility in a manner that does not cause the release of GenX and other fluorochemical compounds into the Cape Fear River; and

Whereas; CFPUA uses the Cape Fear River as source water for the majority of its 200,000 customers; and

Whereas, the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant, owned and operated by CFPUA, is unable to filter certain unregulated contaminants out of the drinking water; and

Whereas, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) Division of Water Resources is tasked with ensuring safe drinking water in accordance with federal requirements, issuing pollution control permits, monitoring permit compliance, evaluating environmental water quality and carrying out enforcement actions for violations of environmental regulations.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:

THAT, the Wilmington City Council supports the request of CFPUA to NCDEQ to immediately require all tenants of the Fayetteville Works site cease operations that result in the production of fluorochemical compounds, due to their inability to operate without discharging fluorochemical compounds into the Cape Fear River.

New Hanover County Commissioners passed a similar resolution in February in support of the CFPUA request.

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