GenX Water Investigation

  AG’s PFAS lawsuit welcome news for advocates as it joins litany of litigation

The last few weeks have seen continued developments in the exploration of GenX and other PFAS.

CFPUA files motion to intervene in North Carolina’s complaint against Chemours

  DEQ, Chemours agree to further PFAS control measures; CFPUA ‘surprised’ by proposal

NC attorney general announces formal investigation into PFAS contamination

EPA regional staff was ‘unaware’ of GenX consent order, probe finds

  Federal grand jury declines to bring charges against Chemours regarding Clean Water Act

NCDEQ requiring Chemours to make extensive changes to Corrective Action Plan

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CFPUA: Chemours’ corrective action plan ‘falls far short’

Chemours’ thermal oxidizer destroys PFAS air emissions above state-mandated efficiency level

Mark Ruffalo, star of ‘Dark Waters,’ expected to visit Wilmington for a screening of film

  PFAS detected in New Hanover County compost

  Lead character in Dark Waters has ties to Wilmington

  Total PFAS concentration in Cape Fear River before 2017 nearly 1,000 times more than “health goal” level of GenX, study shows

  DEQ release results of PFAS testing in groundwater wells

Julie Harper gets her water from a well that's among many where PFAS were detected. The results make her feel fearful. “You don’t know the unknown,” she said. "You don’t know what it could do to you and your children."

  CFPUA confirms 1,4-dioxane found in raw water for fourth time this year

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) has asked for assistance from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) after a fourth increase in 1,4-dioxane levels this year.

  NHC Compost facility will test samples for PFAS levels

New Hanover County’s compost facility will be testing samples of their product for the presence of PFAS.

  Internal watchdog to evaluate EPA’s implementation of order allowing Chemours to manufacture GenX

The internal watchdog for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be evaluating the federal agency’s implementation of its consent order allowing DuPont, and later Chemours, to make GenX.

  CFPUA board approves contract for construction of GAC filters

  Chemours releases new plan to reduce PFAS in the Cape Fear River

  State walks-back classifying Cape Fear River as swamp, city looks to continue water quality improvement effort

  Chemours to fund soil sampling in several counties

  NC compost rules are up for re-adoption, no mention of PFAS

Latest test results show spike in PFAS level in Cape Fear River

  Why alligators with orange heads are showing up around the Cape Fear region

If you take a walk around Greenfield Lake, or any spot alligators tend to frequent in the Cape Fear, you may notice many have orange markings on their heads.

  Two years later, where do we stand on GenX?

It has been two years since news broke of GenX found in the drinking water. This unknown contaminant sparked fear and outrage across the Cape Fear. Two years, countless meetings, protests, water samples, and lawsuits later, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority says the water is far safer to drink

More filters targeting PFAS part of CFPUA’s 10-year capital improvement plan

The addition of eight filters to remove man-made chemical compounds in the water at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant is part of the 10-year capital improvement plan approved by the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Board on Wednesday.

State officials require towns to monitor emerging compounds in Cape Fear River Basin

As part of its strategy to address compounds in surface water and biosolids, state environmental officials are requiring towns in the Cape Fear River Basin to monitor emerging compounds beginning this summer.

  Town of Belville appeals judge’s decision on H2GO

Commissioners voted 3-2 at a meeting Monday night to appeal Superior Court Judge Charles Henry’s decision that the previous H2GO Board of Commissioners’ decision to dissolve the authority and convey its assets to the Town of Belville is “unlawful, void and of no effect.”

Attorney issues statement on class action lawsuit against Chemours

According to Ted Leopold, co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs, the federal judge’s move is another step in the right direction.

  CFPUA welcomes newly introduced Gen X-related bill

CFPUA is welcoming Senate Bill 518, a newly introduced piece of legislation that would set new standards for Gen X and other similar compounds in the state’s water supply.

Proposed Gen X-related bill would target Chemours, form task force

Ambitious new legislation would set new standards for Gen X and other similar compounds in the state’s water supply.

No PFAS found in drinking water at CFPUA plant but some detected in three wells

On March 27, CFPUA sampled finished water at three wells — two serving the plant and an emergency well that doesn't provide drinking water — in an effort to monitor potential movement of PFAS compounds that have been detected in and near an aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) well.

  Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen approve conditions of water agreement with CFPUA

The agreement calls for CFPUA to provide as much as 45 million gallons of water to the town each year to supplement its regular groundwater supply.

  Wrightsville Beach races to supplement water supply before summer rush after contaminated well shut down

One of Wrightsville Beach's most productive water wells has been shut down since January because of chemical contamination.

CFPUA staff gets OK to move forward with Sweeney Plant upgrades

The CFPUA board unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday that authorizes Executive Director Jim Flechtner to complete design and permitting for the project as well as obtain bond funding and construction bids.

  CFPUA’s application for $46M grant denied by state

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority wanted the money to pay for new granular activated carbon (GAC) filters meant to filter GenX and other PFAS compounds out of drinking water.

  Reverse osmosis filtering system working at NHC landfill

New Hanover County is filtering out per- and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFAS) at its landfill, according to sampling results from the NC Department of Environmental Quality.

Permit issued for Chemours to install oxidizer aimed at reducing PFAS air emissions

The permit incorporates the requirements of a consent order signed Feb. 25 to install the oxidizer by Dec. 31 and reduce all PFAS emissions by 99 percent beyond the 2017 baseline.

CFPUA sees spike in 1,4-dioxane levels in water from Cape Fear River

Results released this week show 1,4-dioxane of 1.8 parts per billion (ppb) in raw water on Feb. 13 and 0.54 ppb in the finished water treated at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant on Feb. 14.

Court approves order to stop PFAS from entering Cape Fear River

A judge has approved a consent order requiring Chemours to do more to protect drinking water for residents in southeastern North Carolina.

CFPUA praises Chemours’ requirements in revised consent order; will reconsider pending legal action

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is reconsidering its motion against Chemours after the chemical company filed a revised legal agreement with the state Department of Environmental Quality on Wednesday.

  Chemours agrees to analyze Cape Fear River sediment in updated legal agreement with DEQ, Cape Fear River Watch

The updated agreement will now require Chemours to report monthly GenX air emissions, analyze PFAS buildup in river sediment, and provide filtration systems in certain public buildings for drinking water fountains and maintain them for 20 years.

  NCDEQ holds public hearing on Chemours in Bladen County

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality will hold a public meeting and hearing Monday on a draft air permit for Chemours to install and operate a thermal oxidizer/scrubber system for emission control at their Fayetteville Works Facility.

  New Hanover County to lead DEQ effort testing landfill water for PFAs

Research and investigations into how GenX and substances are getting into the Cape Fear River are ongoing, but while the focus has been on major industry, experts and officials are concerned the compounds could be entering the water system in other ways.

More than 15,000 households near Chemours facility to receive surveys on GenX, other PFAS

Participation in the survey is voluntary and completed surveys should be submitted by Feb. 15. All responses will remain anonymous.

  Brunswick Co. again asks the state for funding for planned RO plant

The scoring system for the State Revolving Fund prioritizes treating regulated chemicals. GenX and other PFAS are unregulated.

Deadline extended for comments on state’s proposed consent order with Chemours

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality will address comments it has received at the close of the comment period.

CFPUA files motion to intervene in state’s lawsuit against Chemours

CFPUA said in a news release it believes a consent order proposed by the state Department of Environmental Quality is not adequate to protect CFPUA’s interests or remedy harm caused by Chemours' PFAS releases into the Cape Fear River.

  ‘Gaze on the faces of those you are hurting’: H2GO commissioners given packets with photos of schoolchildren

Pictures of area students used without their parents' permission came under fire Monday.

Brunswick Co. approves hiring firms needed to issue bond for reverse osmosis treatment

Brunswick County plans to increase water capacity by 12 million gallons per day and low-pressure reverse osmosis treatment to address new and emerging compounds is also expected to be added

  H2GO Commissioner concerned about ‘inflammatory’ Clean Cape Fear Facebook post

Politics got personal for one elected official in Brunswick County.

  Cape Fear River Watch, SELC explain Chemours consent order in public session: ‘This is a first step’

Kemp Burdette, riverkeeper with Cape Fear River Watch, joined Geoff Gisler, senior attorney with the SELC, to answer questions at Wednesday's session.

New Hanover commissioners likely to oppose NCDEQ consent order with Chemours

New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White is asking his fellow board members to join ranks and oppose the proposed consent order between the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Chemours and Cape Fear River Watch over the company’s discharge of GenX and other chemicals into the drin

  CFPUA submits formal comment on EPA draft toxicity assessment for GenX, other chemicals

While acknowledging it welcomes the Environmental Protection Agency releasing a study on GenX, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority said other PFAS compounds need to be considered to protect drinking water for customers in southeastern North Carolina.

  DEQ secretary on proposed Chemours consent order: ‘It’s a very strong first step’

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Secretary Michael Regan said on Wednesday the state’s proposed consent order against Chemours is a “very strong first step” towards cleaning up and protecting the drinking water supply.

  Attorney says class action GenX lawsuit ‘a good step’

Dozens of concerned community members gathered at Cape Fear Community College on Tuesday to hear the latest on the state of their drinking water, and the GenX investigation.

DEQ says Chemours order enough to help Cape Fear region with GenX problem

The public comment period for the proposed order will be open until Dec. 21.

  New Hanover Co. wells tested for bacteria after flooding caused by Hurricane Florence

UNC Chapel Hill, NC State Extension, and Virginia Tech hosted a community meeting Tuesday to discuss water treatment options for private wells.

CFPUA director expects DEQ to add conditions in proposed consent order that would protect New Hanover water customers

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is still drafting a legal response to a proposed consent order concerning contaminated drinking water in our area, but plans to ask the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to require more protections for New Hanover County drinking water.

CFPUA responds to state’s agreement with Chemours over GenX in drinking water

The order requires Chemours to reduce GenX air emissions, provide permanent replacement drinking water supplies and pay a $12 million civil penalty to DEQ and an additional $1 million for investigative costs.

  CFPUA expects to reduce PFAS levels in drinking water by end of month

One day after the Environmental Protection Agency released its first-ever toxicity assessment of chemicals in our drinking water, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority said it is implementing a temporary solution to reduce PFAS levels at its Sweeney Water Treatment Facility.

  EPA releases first-ever toxicity assessments for GenX, related chemicals

The Environmental Protection Agency says long-term exposure to a compound used in nonstick coatings appears to be dangerous even in minute amounts.

Three new PFAS compounds discovered in treated water at CFPUA facility

In a CFPUA news release, the utility said the three new compounds were found in water samples collected from Nov. 11, 2017, through Spring 2018 at locations along the Cape Fear River and in parts of CFPUA’s water distribution system.

  ’I was livid all over again’: Blood tests in GenX Exposure Study come back positive for PFAS

On Tuesday night, researchers with the “GenX Exposure Study” revealed their findings that blood samples of 345 New Hanover County residents tested positive for several PFAS, but not GenX.

Researchers to hold public meeting about GenX blood test results in New Hanover Co.

Researchers with N.C. State University will present initial blood test results from GenX exposure in New Hanover County in a public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Rate of birth defects higher in some southeastern NC counties

From 2003-14, the DHHS analyzed four categories of birth defects in Bladen, Brunswick, Cumberland, New Hanover and Pender counties using data from the NC Birth Defects Monitoring Program.

CFPUA begins process to reduce PFAS levels in drinking water

In an effort to reduce levels of PFAS in drinking water, staff from Calgon Carbon are at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant this week replacing carbon filters.

  CFPUA: Your water bill will eventually go up $5 to cover facility filter upgrades

Jim Flechtner, CFPUA executive director, led the information session about PFAS and the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant.

CFPUA hosting series of meetings about GenX, contaminants

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority will have four meetings to discuss the next steps in addressing GenX and other PFAs

  Cleaning up its act: Chemours breaks ground on $100 million plant to reduce emissions

Chemours leaders broke ground on a $100 million plant they say will reduce emissions by 99 percent or more.

DHHS: GenX not detected in blood, urine samples from 30 Fayetteville residents

North Carolina health officials said GenX was not found in the blood and urine samples taken from 30 people living near Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility.

CFPUA schedules four community forums to discuss GenX, water filtration systems

Each forum will include a presentation on CFPUA's effort to reduce PFAS in drinking water. The public is encouraged to attend the meetings and ask questions of CFPUA staff.

  CFPUA moves forward with designing new system to filter out GenX and other compounds

CFPUA took steps at its October meeting to move forward with filtering out GenX and other chemical compounds.

In letter to governor, New Hanover Co. rep asks: 'What does Chemours have to hide?'

A New Hanover County representative who is also the senior chairman of the House Committee on River Quality has sent a letter to Governor Roy Cooper expressing concern about the Chemours Company and GenX.

DEQ to host public info session on GenX

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will hold a public information session on the state's GenX investigation on Thursday, Aug. 30.  The event will be held at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Center at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown.

EPA to host forum on GenX, other compounds in Fayetteville Tuesday

The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a community engagement event in Fayetteville on Tuesday, August 14, to discuss GenX and other chemical compounds found in local water.

  Saffo, White respond after Chemours declines public meeting

Chemours declined a public meeting and instead offered local leaders a tour of its Fayetteville Works plant, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and New Hanover Co. Board Chairman Woody White said Monday.

CFPUA releases latest results from testing for GenX

GenX levels in finished water samples at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant increased to 33.3 parts per trillion on July 2, according to a Cape Fear Public Utility Authority news release.

  Local leaders send letter to Chemours; NHC commissioner Watkins 'sick and tired' of company's silence

Wilmington leaders have once again invited officials from the Chemours Company to join them for a discussion on chemicals in our drinking water.

Bladen County leaders double down in support for Chemours

Citing the company's importance to the local economy, Bladen County leaders have again voiced support for Chemours in emails sent to the NC Department of Environmental Quality.

  State says Chemours' filter systems offer is premature

State officials say Chemours was premature with its offer to install and maintain granular activated carbon filtration systems at homes around the company's Fayetteville Works Plant in Bladen County that have tainted well systems.  Michael Scott, the Director of the Division of Waste Management with the NCDEQ who wrote to residents regarding the company's offer, said Chemours acted before the state's study on the system is completed.