State finds Chemours non-compliant with GenX air permit

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) – North Carolina environmental regulators announced this week that a plant that for years has released “forever chemicals” into the air and water is currently not in operation. compliance with its air permit.

In its letter to Chemours, the Environmental Quality Department warned that it was preparing enforcement action against the company’s Fayetteville Works plant in Bladen County, which exceeded its GenX air pollution limits for a period of time. much of 2021, The StarNews reported.

Officials said the company could be subject to a fine of $ 25,000 per day.

In a statement to the newspaper, Chemours said the site experienced a temporary increase in air emissions this year from one of its carbon adsorption units.

“The problem was quickly resolved when the carbon was replaced in this unit, and emissions returned to their usual low levels,” the statement said. “However, the data resulting from this emissions sampling resulted in the site’s 12-month calculated air emissions allowance being exceeded.”

The company plans to take corrective action to resolve the issue in the long term, according to its statement.

The newspaper’s report previously showed how Chemours, a spin-off of DuPont Co., polluted the air, groundwater and the Cape Fear River with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a group of man-made chemicals linked to adverse effects. about health.

GenX, a type of PFAS, was found in drinking water wells near the plant and also in the municipal utility serving the city of Wilmington, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) downstream.

The company has been the subject of prosecution and a state investigation.

The most recent quote was the company’s third editorial by state regulators this year, according to the newspaper.