Brunswick County Retains Law Firms to Protect County’s Drinking Water

09.06.2017

Brunswick County today announced that it has retained the national law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C., as well as and Harold Seagle of Seagle Law in North Carolina, to represent its interests against Chemours, DuPont, and Kuraray, and to recover costs and rate payer funds required to investigate, manage, reduce and remove certain chemicals from drinking water drawn from the Cape Fear River.

“This is an important step in protecting the long-term quality of public drinking water in the Cape Fear Region,” said Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy.  “As we have said on numerous occasions, we will not stand for the discharge of perfluorinated chemicals into our public drinking water supply. We remain absolutely committed to protecting the long-term viability of the Cape Fear River.”

Brunswick County has obtained evidence that Chemours, DuPont and Kuraray, all multi-billion dollar corporations, manufacture perfluorinated chemicals (“PFCs”) at the Fayetteville Works plant in Fayetteville, North Carolina. DuPont has manufactured PFC chemicals since 1980. Brunswick County believes that as a result of PFC manufacturing, these corporations have released PFC chemicals into Cape Fear River, and thus the public drinking water systems. Moreover, it appears the corporations continued to deposit PFC chemicals into Cape Fear River as recently as September 2017. Brunswick County will explore all legal remedies on behalf of the county and its residents, including but not limited to costs of filtration and punitive damages if warranted.

“Brunswick County has retained our firms to investigate and pursue those legal remedies caused by all chemicals coming from the Fayetteville Works plant,” says Baron & Budd shareholder Scott Summy, who tried the first MTBE chemical contamination case in the United States, locally here in Wilmington.

The firms will be investigating what the corporations knew and when they knew it. Chemours, DuPont and Kuraray discharge wastewater under their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits, issued by the State of North Carolina. However, it appears the corporations failed to disclose the full suite of PFC chemicals discharged from the Fayetteville Works plaint into Cape Fear River through wastewater or other pathways.

For more information, please contact Scott Summy at SSummy@BaronBudd.com.