While there are many uncertainties surrounding the issue of GenX contamination of southeastern North Carolina, new information will soon be released in light of the recent regulatory action taken by the state as well as recent water tests conducted in Fayetteville.
This issue is gaining national recognition, as The Los Angeles Times recently reported on the partial consent order between Chemours and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that was approved on September 8, 2017.
A recent WECT article provides the following list of four agreements that were reached in the partial consent order:
Chemours will continue the “measures it has implemented” to prevent wastewater contaminated with GenX into state waters
Chemours will “immediately prevent” the discharge of Nafion byproducts 1 and 2 (also called PFESA compounds) for the immediate future until a permit is filed.
Chemours must also allow the Environmental Protection Agency and the NC Department of Environmental Quality to review certain confidential business information.
Chemours must be more responsive to requests from the DEQ than it has been in the past, making “good faith efforts” to get back to them in a timely manner.
In addition to the business information to be produced by Chemours, test results concerning GenX presence in the wells of residents surrounding the Fayetteville Works plant will also be released.
When it becomes publicly available, we will report that information on the following page: GenX Contamination of Fayetteville Well Water: Who is at Risk?
We hope that the release of this additional information will reveal the extent of both Chemours’ duplicity and the GenX contamination.