Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy has released the following statement in response to today’s North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) press release about the identification of two additional chemical compounds into the Cape Fear River. According to DEQ, these compounds were identified in the company’s waste stream by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency preliminary analysis shared with the state this week.
“Brunswick County is highly concerned that Chemours continues to discharge unknown, unregulated and emerging compounds into the Cape Fear River. Furthermore, we are disappointed that the State of North Carolina has yet to find a method to stop Chemours from discharging these compounds.
“Quite simply, the discharge of any harmful or little understood chemical into our water supply is something we will not stand for. Brunswick County will utilize any and all legal measures to prevent such discharge and to protect our citizens.
“Based on ongoing testing for GenX and other compounds for which health information is available, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has not changed its health guidance that the public can continue to drink the water.
“We will continue to monitor this situation aggressively and demand nothing short of the most up-to-date and accurate information for all citizens of Brunswick County.”