Yesterday afternoon, CFPUA Executive Director Jim Flechtner sent a letter to North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) Secretary Michael Regan. In the letter, Mr. Flechtner asks for all of the data in NCDEQ’s possession on unregulated contaminants being discharged from the Chemours’ site in Bladen County.
CFPUA has reason to believe this data exists due to an October 24 press release by NCDEQ, which stated that a response from Chemours had given the regulatory agency assurance that the company had stopped releasing fluorinating compounds to the Cape Fear River.
Information from Chemours with the identities and quantities of chemicals it discharges to the river would help the ongoing efforts of UNCW to identify and quantify compounds in the river as well as the ongoing pilot test at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant.
CFPUA has yet to receive a response from DEQ to the public records request made on Monday, October 30.
This week, CFPUA was informed by Dr. Larry Cahoon of UNCW that another fluorinated compound, identified as mono-fluoro-malonate, may be present in the Cape Fear River. The compound is possibly another by-product of the fluorocarbon synthesis process. At this time, we cannot confirm if the compound is in the river or the drinking water.
This afternoon, Executive Director Jim Flechtner sent an email to NCDEQ and NCDHHS asking that they provide guidance on any action CFPUA must take as a provider of treated water.
Beginning this month, Black & Veatch will provide monthly progress reports on the ongoing pilot test at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant. This month’s report summarizes the goal of the test and its components, while also providing preliminary data on their effectiveness in removing: perfluorinated compounds, endocrine disrupting compounds and pharmaceuticals and personal care products.
View the Report in PDF
CFPUA has received new results for October 18-23 from our on-going GenX testing at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant. Levels of GenX continue to remain below the DHHS health goal of 140 ppt.