WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Following in the footsteps of New Hanover County, Wilmington City Council is expected to consider a resolution backing the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority's request to state regulators that they require all tenants of the Fayetteville Works facility to immediately stop producing fluorochemical compounds.
The Fayetteville Works site, a sprawling manufacturing facility along the Cape Fear River near the Bladen-Cumberland county line, is owned by The Chemours Company, which has been under scrutiny since mid-2017 when it was revealed the compound GenX and other unregulated chemicals had infiltrated the drinking water of hundreds of thousands of southeastern North Carolina residents.
Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said the council hoped to add more clarifying language specifying that nothing also be dumped into the Cape Fear River.
"We are not trying to put people out of work," he said. "What we are asking the company to do is quit putting it into our drinking water. If you want to take it off and dispose of it in a hazardous waste facility, fine we do not have a problem with that. We do have a problem with it being discharged into our drinking water and this is something that has concerned us for quite some time now."
Two other companies, Kuraray America and DuPont, have operations at the site.
Chemours previously agreed to capture all wastewater containing GenX, but varying amounts of the chemical have still been found in the finished drinking water.
Like the county and water authority resolutions, the city's resolution points out that the facility's tenants "have repeatedly demonstrated that they are not capable of continuing operations at the facility in a manner that does not cause the release of GenX and other fluorochemical compounds into the Cape Fear River."
City council will consider the resolution at its regular meeting on Tuesday.