BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Brunswick County Commissioners voted Monday to take another step toward adding reverse osmosis to its Northwest Water Treatment Plant.
The county approved hiring firms needed to issue a bond to pay for the project aimed at removing compounds like GenX from the water supply.
Brunswick plans to increase water capacity at the Northwest plant by 12 million gallons per day and low-pressure reverse osmosis treatment to address new and emerging compounds is expected to be added as well as other improvements to the water and wastewater systems.
Meanwhile, the state Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing the county's application for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, which was submitted on Nov. 8. The permit would allow the county to discharge concentrate from the reverse osmosis facility at the Northwest plant.
Once a draft of the permit is received by the county, state and federal review agencies and the public may comment. Public notification of the 30-day comment period will be posted on the DEQ and Brunswick County websites. The final permit is expected to be issued within 2-4 months of the comment period.
Brunswick County sued the Chemours Company and DuPont to recover the costs of advanced treatments for the compounds in the water. The county wants companies that dumped the chemicals to pay the cost and not customers. The lawsuit remains active.