Comment period on proposed court order against Chemours ends July 11

Comment period on proposed court order against Chemours ends July 11

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A 30-day public comment period for the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality's proposed order against Chemours will end on July 11.

On June 11, the DEQ filed a proposed court order to require the company to make numerous changes to eliminate or reduce the presence of GenX and other related compounds in the water and air emissions.

DEQ officials say that after the end of the public comment period it will evaluate if any changes need to be made to the proposed order and, if so, submit a revised order to the court.

Among the measures that the DEQ is requesting Chemours to make are:

  • Reduce facility-wide air emissions of GenX compounds by at least 97 percent by Aug. 31, 2018, with a 99 percent reduction required by Dec. 31, 2019.
  • Conduct re-testing of private drinking wells on a quarterly, semi-annual or annual basis, depending on the level of GenX compounds detected in the initial round of testing.
  • Provide permanent alternative water supplies or treatment systems to households impacted by groundwater contamination.
  • Conduct toxicity studies relating to human health and aquatic life impacts from chemicals at the facility.
  • Notify and coordinate with downstream public water utilities when an event at the facility has the potential to cause a discharge of GenX compounds into the Cape Fear River above the health goal of 140 parts per trillion.

Public comments can be submitted by email to comments.chemours@ncdenr.gov.

The proposed court order can be found below:

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