GenX Information

Posted on: August 4, 2017

CFPUA Chairman’s Daily Update: August 4, 2017

Mike Brown, CFPUA Board chairman, will provide a once daily update with information on activity surrounding GenX. Updates will be provided each weekday. Below please find Chairman Mike Brown’s daily update on CFPUA updated test results and intent to file a lawsuit against Chemours and DuPont.


1. Yesterday, CFPUA received updated water sampling data from Eurofins for our Sweeney Water Plant. The most recent data shows levels of GenX below the NC DHHS health advisory goal of 140 ppt. See below for specific sampling data:

Sweeney WTP GenX Data (ng/L) -MRL 2 ng/L

Date

Raw

Finished

6/26/17

149

156

6/28/17

87.5

120

6/30/17

68.6

89.5

7/3/17

55.6

55.4

7/5/17

93.9

87.4

7/7/17

136

132

7/10/17

102

145

7/12/17

93.0

122

7/14/17

114

113

7/15/17

194

127

7/16/17

336

250

7/17/17

166

286

7/18/17

128

185

7/19/17

112

137

7/20/17

84.9

115

7/21/17

62.8

88.8

7/22/17

53.1

67.6

7/23/17

58.2

62.1

7/24/17

136

67.7

7/25/17

97.3

134

7/26/17

52.2

94

7/27/17

55.5

67


To view the full results, click here.


2. Yesterday, CFPUA environmental counsel Brooks Pierce provided its 60-day notice to Chemours, DuPont and the State that CFPUA intends to file a lawsuit against Chemours and DuPont in federal court to enforce the requirements of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Unauthorized discharges of GenX Pollutants by Chemours and DuPont are causing direct violations of North Carolina water quality standards adopted and enforced pursuant to the CWA.

A provision of the RCRA permits citizens to commence a civil action against any person […] including any past or present generator, past or present transporter, or past or present owner or operator of a treatment, storage, or disposal facility, who has contributed or who is contributing to the past or present handling, storage, treatment, transportation, or disposal of any solid or hazardous waste which may present an imminent and substantial endangerment to health or the environment. Chemours and DuPont are both in violation of this RCRA provision, based on their discharges, disposals and other releases of GenX Pollutants described in the letter.

CFPUA is committed to providing the highest quality drinking water for our customers. We will continue to prioritize communication and transparency as this issue progresses.

To view the full letter provided to Chemours, DuPont, the EPA, the United States Attorney General, NC DEQ, NC DWR and NC DWM, click here.

This has been covered in the following local news outlets: StarNews, WWAY and WECT.


3. For CFPUA customers who prefer water from an alternate source, CFPUA is offering free water from a ground source. This water is treated at CFPUA’s nanofiltration plant. On July 13, CFPUA sampled water at this Richardson Nanofiltration Plant—which serves the free water station at Ogden Park—for GenX and it was not detected. This water is supplied by aquifers that have not been affected by Chemours’ discharge of GenX.

Residential CFPUA customers may fill their clean personal containers at New Hanover County’s Ogden Park near the tennis courts at 615 Ogden Park Drive. This is available daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CFPUA will continue to offer this service until we confirm a trend line that is at or below the health advisory goal set by NC DHHS.

For citizens unable to get to the free water station, CFPUA is partnering with the City of Wilmington and area churches to provide free water from Ogden Park.

Churches will transport empty containers to Ogden Park where they will be filled with treated groundwater at no cost. Church volunteers will then bring the filled containers back to the designated churches, where customers can pick them up. Churches will be open for drop off between 9:00 am and 11:00 am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and for pick up between 1:00 pm and 3:00 p.m. on the same days.

Three churches in the greater downtown area will be offering drop-off and pick-up services:

  • Warner Temple AME Zion Church, 620 Nixon St., (910) 763-6308
  • St. Phillip AME Church, 815 N. 8th St., (910) 762-3573
  • Ephesus SDA Church, 1002 Castle St., (910) 762-7755

For citizens interested in participating, please find instructions below:

  • Drop off empty containers at one of the participating churches between 9:00 am and 11:00 am Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday beginning Monday, July 31.
  • Containers should be clean, have caps, be marked with the person’s name and number, and be between one and five gallons in size.
  • Containers should not have previously been used for chemicals, such as cleaning fluids or other liquids not suitable for consumption. They should also be non-breakable.
  • Pick up filled containers between 1:00 pm and 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday beginning Monday, July 31.

To view the full news release, click here.


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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