Chemours claims it will reduce airborne GenX emission by 99 percent

Chemours claims it will reduce airborne GenX emission by 99 percent

SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - In its response to a 60-day notice from the NC Division of Air Quality, the Chemours Company says it plans to spend $100 million to upgrade its Fayetteville Works facility.

Chemours sent a 30-page response outlining its plan to make the site a "best-in-class facility with respect to air and wastewater emission control," including technology expected to result in a 99 percent reduction in air emission of GenX compounds and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by the end of 2019 or early 2020.

"Chemours is making this investment — which, together with the other steps described below, will ultimately cost more than $100 million – to demonstrate its commitment to continuing to operate the facility in NC and to resolve community concerns," Chemours representatives stated in the letter to DAQ.

According to NC Department of Environmental Quality analysis, 100,000 pounds of airborne GenX and PFAS are released into the atmosphere annually from the Fayetteville Works facility.

The Division of Air Quality issued a 60-day notice of intent to modify the Chemours air quality permit on April 6. A written response from Chemours was required by April 27 to "demonstrate to the division's satisfaction that emissions of GenX compounds from the Fayetteville Works facility under current conditions and under alternate conditions do not and will not cause or contribute to violations of the groundwater rules."

DAQ received the response on April 27 and DEQ staff is performing a thorough evaluation of the company's letter and submission.

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