This morning, CFPUA sent a Public Records Request to the Department of Environmental Quality, while also asking the agency to completely satisfy our original June 19, 2017 request.
The Urgent Public Records Request asks DEQ to provide CFPUA with the following documents by November 6, 2017:
Every public record that identifies or discusses any perfluorinated or polyfluorinated substance (including any substance later identified as a perfluorinated or polyfluorinated substance) that might have entered the environment at any time and by any means whatsoever by or at the Fayetteville Works facility in Bladen County, regardless of the date on which the record was created or received by DEQ, whether on, before, or after June 19, 2017 (“Urgent Public Records”).
CFPUA has asked for these documents to ensure that our ongoing pilot test at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant takes into account all known per- and polyfluorinated substances in the Cape Fear River.
Additionally, CFPUA notes that one particular record is of interest: the public records provided by Chemours to DEQ to avoid suspension of its NPDES permit. The letter notes that “The identities of perfluorinated and polyfluorinated substances that pollute a river that is a public water supply source are not confidential business information and should not be withheld.”
On September 20, 2017, CFPUA began pumping water out of the Aquifer Storage and Recovery well to remove nearly 50 million gallons of water that contains GenX. We are 59 percent of the way to our goal.
We will continue to update the public as the project moves forward.