North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ)'s latest press release outlines a violation notice issued to Chemours. NCDEQ cites Chemours with violating conditions of its wastewater discharge permit due to an unreported chemical spill on October 6. The spill resulted in elevated levels of GenX in the Cape Fear River.
Any chemical spill along the Cape Fear River that threatens our source water is a great concern to CFPUA and our community. This highlights the importance of strong community partnerships, such as CFPUA's contract with the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. University researchers are establishing methods for analyzing unregulated compounds such as GenX in our drinking water. Their work is vital to our understanding of unregulated contaminants in our source water, as well as to evaluating whether Sweeney processes can be modified to filter these compounds.
CFPUA remains committed to identifying and quantifying unregulated contaminants in our source water and providing the highest quality drinking water possible. We share our customers’ concerns about water quality and will continue to make results available as we receive them.