Chemours applies to the NCDEQ for air permit modification as part of planned expansion at the Fayetteville Works facility

Chemours applies to NCDEQ for air permit modification
Published: Nov. 3, 2022 at 12:49 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 4, 2022 at 11:07 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality said in a release on Thursday that they have begun the review of an application for an air permit modification from the Chemours Fayetteville Works facility.

According to a Chemours representative, they are working on a planned expansion to their facilities at the Fayetteville site to allow for more U.S. production in the semiconductor, transportation, consumer electronics and communication industries. Chemours also claims the site “will continue to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by greater than 500,000 metric tons per year.”

The application is for the “Vinyl Ethers Expansion and Hydrolysis Line.” In the application, Chemours writes that the emission increases they propose wouldn’t be enough to trigger a Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) review. Per the NCDEQ and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a PSD review would require the installation of the “Best Available Control Technology” or BACT, an air quality analysis, an additional impacts analysis and public involvement.

But a PSD isn’t required for the public to get involved; the DEQ writes in the release that they plan “to schedule a full public engagement process, including a public comment period and public hearings, to be announced at a later date.”

“DEQ remains focused on the immediate need to address the PFAS contamination from Chemours and its impacts on North Carolinians throughout the Cape Fear River basin. DEQ will continue its ongoing efforts to reduce or eliminate environmental impacts from the facility’s ongoing operations and the residual contamination at the site,” said the DEQ in the release.

The application was received by the DEQ’s Division of Air Quality. You can send comments about Chemours to the DEQ at comments.chemours@ncdenr.gov.