WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One day after a closed meeting with Chemours and local leaders, the CFPUA Board met again this morning to discuss GenX and how the utility company handled information about the toxin the area’s drinking water.
CFPUA Board Vice Chair Jennifer Adams will work with a third party to investigate and put together a timeline to see exactly who knew what when. Yesterday a release from CFPUA Board Chair Mike Brown indicated the agency may have known about GenX as early as May 2016. That’s six months earlier than what CFPUA Executive Director Jim Flechtner told us two days earlier.
The CFPUA Board also hired an environmental attorney to try to get Chemours, which makes GenX at a facility at the Cumberland-Bladen county line, to comply with their request to discharging the chemical into the river.
Yesterday representatives from Chemours told local leaders and state regulators that the GenX found in the Cape Fear River is not from its facility that manufactures the ingredient used to make Teflon. Instead they said it is an unregulated byproduct from another plant at the facility that makes vinyl ether and discharges its waste water into the river.
CFPUA is requesting the EPA immediately review the studies is has received from Chemours.
After the meeting board members said they were proud of the action they have taken and how fast things are moving.
CFPUA wants Chemours to take responsibility for what it has discharged in the river and wants to protect the health of customers and the environment.
“Basically what it says is we believe the EPA and NCDEQ have tools in their tool box and have the authority to bring, to compel Chemours to stop discharging into the Cape Fear River and we are respectfully asking them to do so immediately,” CFPUA board Chairman Mike Brown said.
Chemours has agreed to pay for testing and testing materials for samples state regulators will collect and send off to a lab in Colorado.