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Posted on: November 7, 2023

Board of Commissioners requests EPA oversight on Chemours' GenX importation

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners has submitted a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan concerning the proposed importation of GenX waste material by Chemours to the Fayetteville Works plant. The letter references the company's past environmental impacts on water quality in Southeastern North Carolina and requests increased EPA oversight to ensure community water safety.

As part of the request, Commissioners highlighted the significant investments made by the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority to address water contamination and the necessity of continued vigilance in monitoring Chemours' activities. The letter cites the NCDEQ Consent Order, which mandates testing and remediation efforts by Chemours, as a positive step but emphasizes the need for further action in light of the proposed GenX importation.

Commissioners are seeking assurance from the EPA that adequate controls will be implemented by Chemours to prevent additional negative environmental impacts on the region. The Commissioners' request aims to ensure that Chemours operates with the highest safety standards to protect the local watershed and environment.

The full text of the Commissioners' letter to Administrator Regan is available here.

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