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.

Permit-Inspection Fee Schedule

Permits

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Fees

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Frequently Used Forms

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FloodPlain Administration

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Building Inspection Fee Schedule

As of July 1, 2019

COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT FEE CALCULATIONS
NEW CONSTRUCTION
Up to 15,000 sq. ft.
sq. ft x ICC Chart Value x .0035 = Permit Fee
15,001 sq. ft. and greater
sq. ft x ICC Chart Value x .0035 + 15001 sq. ft. or greater x ICC Chart Value x .0012 = Permit Fee
SHELL BUILDINGS
sq. ft x ICC Chart Value x .0035 - 20% = Permit Fee
UP FIT & MAJOR REMODEL
sq. ft. under roof x $60 per sq. ft. x .0045 = Permit Fee
DOCKS, DECKS, BULKHEADS, RETAINING WALLS AND PIERS
gross sq. ft. x $60 per sq. ft. x .0045 = Permit Fee
* These cost includes all trade permits. Trade contractor must still call in for permit, but no extra fee will be assessed. Failure to call in for trade permit will result in a working without permit charge of $200 fee per trade.
ADMINISTRATIVE FEES
FAILURE TO OBTAIN FINAL INSPECTIONS: $100 first offense, $100 and reported to licensing boards for additional offenses.
OCCUPYING A STRUCTURE PRIOR TO CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY: $100/day
REFUNDS: 25% of permit fee is retained if a permit is canceled before work begins. No refunds granted after work begins.
STANDARD COMMERCIAL FEES
Accessory Building less than equal to 400 sq. ft.$100.00
Accessory Building >400 sq. ft. use Commercial New Construction Formula
Building Relocation (includes trades)$375.00
Construction site office (includes trades)$300.00
Mobile sales office (includes trades)$300.00
Demolition$100.00
Appliance/Equipment Change-Out Permit (includes trades) (per appliance)$75.00
Trade permits for minor work - B, P, M, E$100.00
Facility/ALE licensing inspection$100.00
Pole signs and signs attached to building (includes trades)$125.00
Prior power to release$60.00
Roof Repair$100.00
Signs with foundations (includes trades)$200.00
Signs attached to building (trades not included)$125.00
Window replacement (additional $10/window after first window)$100.00
Working without a permit$200.00
Floodplain Development Permit$50.00
Temporary Certificate of Occupancy$200.00
Solar Farms (includes trades)$200.00
COMMERCIAL NON-RESIDENTIAL PLAN REVIEW
< 4000 sq. ft.$100.00
4000 sq. ft. - 15000 sq. ft.$125.00
15001 - 40000 sq. ft.$325.00
> 40000 sq. ft.$800.00
Condo/Apartment$500.00
Cell Tower$65.00
Townhomes (per unit)$65.00
RESIDENTIAL FEE CALCULATIONS
NEW RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION
sq. ft. x ICC Chart Value x .004 = Permit Fee (Occupancy Type: R-3 Residential, one- and two-family. Construction Type: VB)
REMODEL/RENOVATION
gross sq. ft. x $60 per sq. ft. x .0045 = Permit Fee
DOCKS, DECKS, BULKHEADS, RETAINING WALLS, AND PIERS
gross sq. ft. x $60 per sq. ft. x .0045 = Permit Fee
* These fees include all trade (M, E, P) permits. Trade contractor still must call in for permit, but no fee will be assessed. Failure to call in for permit will result in a working without permit charge of $200 per trade.
STANDARD RESIDENTIAL FEES
Accessory Building less than equal to 400 sq. ft.$100.00
Accessory Building >400 sq. ft. use New Residential Construction Formula
Mobile Homes (includes all trades)$300.00
Trade permits for minor work - B, P, M, E$75.00
Appliance/Equipment Change-Out Permit (includes all trades)$60.00
Window replacement (more than $5000 - unlimited #)$75.00
Residential building relocation & modular (Includes all trades)$375.00
Prior cut on (electric or gas)$60.00
Re-inspection fee$75.00
Flood Development Permit$50.00
Temporary Certificate of Occupancy$100.00
RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERICAL FEES
After Hours Inspection Fee: Min. 2 hours (per hour) (Commercial and Residential)$100.00
Sub-Contractor Change$75.00
Duplicate Inspection Card Service Fee$6.00

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75 GOVERNMENT CENTER DRIVE
Building I

(910) 253-2021
eplans@brunswickcountync.gov
open mon-fri:
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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