Utilities operations back to normal after spill, Kuraray releases statement

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Chemours (Photo: WWAY)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority have resumed normal operations after a spill was reported at the Fayetteville Works industrial site from Kuraray Americas, which shares the site with Chemours.

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality told Brunswick County that an unknown substance spilled into the Cape Fear River from the chemical plant Tuesday afternoon.

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Brunswick County originally suspended its intake of water through the raw water line entering the Northwest Water Treatment Plant to isolate and protect its water supply and prevent the previously unknown substance’s plume from reaching the plant.

Following consistent tests results indicating no abnormalities in river water near its intakes on the Cape Fear River, CFPUA also resumed withdrawing water for treatment at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant.

Kurary America released a statement, confirming operations at the Fayetteville Works Plant shut down as their team investigates an escape of 3GO plasticizer to an adjacent storm dream that is no longer in use, but was uncovered during planned construction.

“After a preliminary investigation, it has been determined that less than 30 gallons of 3GO plasticizer was released. The plasticizer is a chemical used in Kuraray’s PVB film manufacturing process, which makes PVB sheet more pliable when utilized in windshields to enable flexibility to absorb impact. The plasticizer is biodegradable, and according to the safety data sheet, this material does not contain any chemical components with known CAS numbers. The 3GO plasticizer is not a PFOA or other fluorinated chemical,” the statement reads.


Kuraray said clean-up operations are underway.