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DEQ files new proposed court order against Chemours

(Source: NCDEQ) (Source: NCDEQ)

The Chemours Company must reduce air emissions of GenX compounds by at least 97 percent by Aug. 31, according to a proposed court order filed Monday by the NC Department of Environmental Quality.

According to an NCDEQ news release, the order requires Chemours to implement numerous measures to eliminate or reduce air emissions and water impacts caused by GenX and related compounds.

"We are taking this comprehensive legal action to protect communities from further impacts due to GenX contamination,” DEQ Secretary Michael Regan said in the release. “We need to ensure that Chemours moves quickly to stop the release of these chemicals and address the impacts that have already occurred.”

After a 30-day public comment period, DEQ will determine if changes to the order are needed and if so, a revised order will be submitted. DEQ plans to ask the court at that time to issue the proposed order.

The proposed order's requirements include:

  • Reduce facility-wide air emissions of GenX compounds by at least 97 percent by Aug. 31, 2018, with a 99 percent reduction required by Dec. 31, 2019.
  • Conduct re-testing of private drinking wells on a quarterly, semi-annual or annual basis, depending on the level of GenX compounds detected in the initial round of testing.  
  • Provide permanent alternative water supplies or treatment systems to households impacted by groundwater contamination.
  • Conduct toxicity studies relating to human health and aquatic life impacts from chemicals at the facility. 
  • Notify and coordinate with downstream public water utilities when an event at the facility has the potential to cause a discharge of GenX compounds into the Cape Fear River above the health goal of 140 parts per trillion.

Click here to see a copy of the proposed order.

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