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Posted on: July 24, 2017

CFPUA Chairman’s Afternoon Update: July 24, 2017

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 afternoon update on Governor Coopers’ Wilmington visit this morning and the Ogden Park free water station. 


1. Governor Cooper was in Wilmington this morning to meet with local officials to talk about the State’s next steps to address GenX in the Cape Fear River. CFPUA Board Chairman Mike Brown and CFPUA environmental counsel George House were in attendance at this meeting.

  • The Governor then held a news conference at 10:00 am. During the news conference, Governor Cooper announced that NC DEQ is going to deny Chemours permit request to release GenX. CFPUA is appreciative of this commitment by NC DEQ and the Governor, and hopes that the prohibitions within the permit will be expanded to not only include GenX but other related perfluorinated compounds.
  • In addition, NC DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen stated that “she would recommend people continue to drink the water,” according to a WECT article. Secretary Cohen went on to say that information on the long-term effects of GenX consumptions is limited, and that most of the tests have been on rats. “We’re not seeing it accumulate,” she said. “But we need more information and we need to do more work in this area.” NC DHHS has not seen any unusual patterns of cancer in the Cape Fear area, but the CDC will conduct a deeper analysis.
  • As reported by the Star News, the Governor outlined steps to clean up the water. To read those, click here.
  • Finally, the Office of the Governor shared Water Quality Action Items to interested parties. A PDF of that document can be found here

2. CFPUA installed a meter for the Ogden Park free water station on Tuesday, July 18 to give us an idea of how much water is being withdrawn from the station. By Friday, July 21 732.5 gallons had been withdrawn. As of this morning (Monday, July 24), 1229.4 gallons had been withdrawn. This averages at about 205 gallons per day. To put that number into perspective, the average household of four uses about 266 gallons per day.


3. NC Attorney General Josh Stein sent a certified letter to Chemours on Friday to notify the company of a civil investigative demand and to require them to submit records for inspection. Click here to read the full letter.


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.

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