Mike Brown, CFPUA Board chairman, will provide two daily updates—one morning and one afternoon—with information on activity surrounding GenX. Updates will be provided each weekday. Below please find Chairman Mike Brown’s morning update on a CFPUA call with NC DHHS yesterday and Governor Coopers’ Wilmington visit on Monday.
1. CFPUA staff had a call with NC DHHS yesterday to discuss water samples from earlier this month (July 7, July 10, and July 12). DHHS reinforced that, when measuring at levels this small, variation is to be expected. With the July 10 level being only 5 ppt above the standard, it is within that realm of variation. DHHS stated that they still believe the water is safe to drink, and provided the following statement:
“NC DHHS does not recommend any additional steps based on these results, including the finished water result of 145 ppt from July 10. We are discussing very small concentrations, measured in parts per trillion, so some variability in laboratory results is expected. The results we’ve seen so far have been trending down and have not been substantially different from the health goal, which is set at the most conservative level.”
2. NC DEQ Assistant Secretary Sheila Holman confirmed that Chemours stopped the additional source of GenX discharge the week of July 9. With the time it takes the river to reach us, the July 10 CFPUA sampling would have included that additional discharge.
3. Governor Cooper will be in Wilmington on Monday to meet with local officials to talk about the State’s next steps to address GenX in the Cape Fear River. We will share additional information as it is available.
4. CFPUA encourages the public to check our website and social media channels for updates as this continues to unfold. We are committed to transparency, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with you through the duration of this process.