DEQ issues violation notice to Chemours for unreported chemical spill

DEQ issues violation notice to Chemours for unreported chemical spill

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - The NC Department of Environmental Quality has cited Chemours with violating the conditions of its wastewater discharge permit because the company failed to report a chemical spill at its Fayetteville Works facility.

The state questioned Chemours after receiving preliminary data from the Environmental Protection Agency indicating elevated concentrations of GenX at Chemours' primary wastewater discharge outfall. The company told DEQ that dimer acid fluoride, a precursor to GenX, had spilled during planned maintenance at the facility on Oct. 6.

The violation notice demands that Chemours submit within 10 days to DEQ information about the duration and quantity of the dimer acid fluoride and any other chemicals spilled, as well as a description of all actions the company took to stop the spill, according to a DEQ news release issued Tuesday morning.

"It is both unlawful and unacceptable for a company to fail to report a chemical spill to the state and public as soon as possible," NCDEQ Secretary Michael Regan said. "We will take all appropriate enforcement action to hold Chemours accountable for failing to comply with its permit."

Chemours faces a possible fine for the violation depending on the outcome of the state's investigation into the spill, the release states. Chemours' permit requires DEQ be notified within 24 hours of any discharge of significant amounts of waste that are abnormal in quantity or characteristic as well as any non-compliance that potentially threatens public health or the environment.

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