While Brunswick County is encouraged by reports that Chemours will cease discharging the GenX compound immediately, local officials continue to seek additional information about the compound and support state efforts to monitor and investigate the discharge.
Late Tuesday, Chemours announced that it would cease discharging wastewater containing GenX, beginning today. Early Wednesday, NC Department of Environmental Quality announced that it would continue with plans to sample and test the water, as well as plans to continue to investigate the issue along with the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
This morning, County officials were informed by NCDEQ officials that the agency is going to look into ensuring that Kuraray America discharge will also be investigated and that long-term monitoring for pollutants in the river will be initiated.
Kuraray America is another company which produces chemicals, fibers and resin. The company has a plant at the Fayetteville Works Site, where Chemours is also located.
Brunswick County is also working with a consultant to investigate potential requests to NCDEQ to protect the water shed not only from GenX, but from other contaminants as well. Brunswick County staff will continue to monitor and update the Board of Commissioners and the public on this issue.
More information on GenX and the continuing investigation can be found at www.brunswickcountync.gov/genx. As Brunswick County receives additional or evolving information, this webpage will be updated.