It's been well over a year since we discovered the compound GenX in our drinking water. And to date, we've heard very little publicly from Chemours officials.
On July 19, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and New Hanover County Commissioners Chairman Woody White each signed a letter inviting the company to meet directly with our community to "discuss progress made and future strategies to clean up our drinking water supply."
We learned last Friday that Chemours declined that invitation.
Chemours did, however, invite Mayor Saffo and Chairman White to the Fayetteville Works plant to see the efforts they are taking to reduce emissions.
Consider This: It's been over a year since GenX was discovered in our water, but it's been discharged since 1980.
While Chemours reportedly has since stopped the discharging of GenX into the Cape Fear River and plans to spend $100 million in upgrading its facility … a big question that remains is … what about the damage done?
Right now, that burden is unfairly falling on our resources downstream in an attempt to clean up the mess.
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