Public Notice

Public Notice

Brunswick County statement in response to Environmental Working Group January 2020 report

01.22.2020

Brunswick County began an extensive testing program for PFAS contaminants when academic studies revealed the presence of multiple PFAS in its drinking water, testing a suite of PFAS contaminants on a weekly basis. Brunswick County’s water samples have continuously remained below the EPA’s established health advisory levels for PFOA + PFOS and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ established provisional health goal for GenX, however the combined levels of all PFAS is concerning and the County continues to test and monitor for most known PFAS compounds and GenX during its routine testing.

At this time, the EPA does not have an established health goal for several of the other compounds listed in this report that are contributing to the overall 185.9 ppt sample level, however the PFOA + PFOS and GenX sample levels in this report are also below the provisional health goals mentioned above. Due to the fact that little or no study has been done on the health effects of combined PFAS or many of these individual PFAS found in the source water, Brunswick County has taken a proactive approach to install the most protective water treatment system at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant to remove these contaminants.

Brunswick County’s leadership recognizes that high quality water is of paramount importance to our customers and residents and agree that reverse osmosis is the most effective PFAS removal technology, which is why the Board of Commissioners and county administration are embarking on a project to install an advanced low-pressure reverse osmosis treatment system at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant, as well as increase capacity at the plant to support the county’s growth. Brunswick County Public Utilities has been working diligently with engineers at CDM-Smith and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to design, permit and build an economical low-pressure reverse osmosis system at the plant for the benefit of all Brunswick County water users.

Low-pressure reverse osmosis is considered one of the most advanced and effective methods to treat and remove both regulated and unregulated materials from drinking water, including GenX, 1,4-dioxane and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). In April 2018, the County conducted two rounds of testing on a pilot low-pressure reverse osmosis system at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant. The results showed that low-pressure reverse osmosis reduced most PFAS including GenX to undetectable levels, essentially removing all the components.

Not only do pilot studies indicate that low-pressure reverse osmosis is the most effective advanced treatment method for PFAS removal, but they also indicate that it is the most economical advanced treatment option for the removal of high percentages of PFAS at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant. Most previous studies focus on the high-energy cost when using reverse osmosis for the treatment of saline or brackish water, but the cost is considerably less when used to treat fresh water for PFAS contaminants, especially short-chain PFAS.

All of the County’s water sample test reports are available to the public at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/genx/

Brunswick County would notify customers and residents should any of its test samples exceed the health advisory levels established for PFOA + PFOS or GenX.

Agenda now available for Brunswick County Board of Commissioners’ Oct. 7 meeting

10.07.2019

Agenda now available for Brunswick County Board of Commissioners’ Oct. 7 meeting

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MEDIA RELEASE

BOLIVIA, N.C. – The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners will meet for their regular meeting this Monday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m.

Residents can view an online and PDF version of the full agenda and accompanying reports at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/agendas/

The commissioners’ chambers are on the first floor of the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at 30 Government Center Drive in Bolivia (28422).

Below are a few selected items from the agenda that the Board of Commissioners will discuss and take possible action on.

VI. Presentation
  1. Wilmington MPO – Alternative Funding Sources for Cape Fear Moving Forward 2045: Request that the Board of Commissioners receive information from the Wilmington MPO regarding the alternative funding sources for Cape Fear Moving Forward 2045.
VII. Administrative Report
  1. Administration – Request from City of Northwest for Utility System Merger Agreement: Request that the Board of Commissioners receive a request from the City of Northwest to merge the utility system into the County system and direct staff to forward the attached draft agreement to the City.
  2. Administration – Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019 County Manager’s Report and Capital Project Funding: Request that the Board of Commissioners receive information for Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019 and appropriate fund balance to fund projects planned in the Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan.
  3. Utilities – Northeast Brunswick Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant 2.5 MGD Expansion: Request that the Board of Commissioners approve appropriations and execution of contracts, and notices of award contingent on the County Attorney’s review and approval of the construction contracts, performance bonds, payment bonds, NC E-Verify Affidavits of Compliance, insurance certificates, funding approval by the Local Government Commission (LGC) and the closing of the revenue bond sale as follows:
  • Ingram and Company, Inc., in the amount not to exceed of $43,000 for appraisal services for the acquisition of required easements for the Northeast Brunswick Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Force Main.
  • T.A. Loving in an amount not to exceed $42,360,000 for the construction of the Northeast Brunswick Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant 2.5 MGD Expansion Project. Approve staff and McKim and Creed to continue negotiations with the contractor in an effort to reduce project costs while maintaining an acceptable level of quality, performance, reliability, and safety.
  • T.A. Loving Company for the base bid of $2,385,000 for the construction of the Northeast Wastewater Treatment Plant Off-Site Force Main Contract 1-West Project.
  • T.A. Loving Company for the base bid in the amount of $3,025,000 for the construction of the Northeast Wastewater Treatment Plant Off-Site Force Main Contract II-East Project.

Each regular meeting has a public comment period when anyone can address the commissioners with questions or concerns about county business. Sign in before the meeting starts inside the commissioners’ chambers to ensure the county clerk has your information. The sign-up period opens an hour before the meeting begins.

Additionally, some meetings have public hearings for specific issues. The public hearings are similar to a public comment period but pertain to one topic.

More information on the public comment policies is at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/board-commissioners/public-comment-policy/

To view the full agenda items and accompanying reports, go to https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/agendas/

More information about the Board of Commissioners meetings is at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/board-commissioners/faq/

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For media inquiries, contact the Public Information Officer at 910.253.2995 or email meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov