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.

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Fire Inspection Fees

As of July 1, 2019

FIRE PREVENTION PERMIT FEES
The fees set forth in this section are fixed for the issuance of the permits required by the Fire Prevention Code. Construction permits are valid for a period of one year from date of issue unless, as otherwise stated on the face of the permit. Operational permits will be valid for the same period as the inspection schedule in section 106 and the renewal will be the payment of the inspection fee for existing buildings. Renewal of permits shall be subject to fees in effect for the period of renewal.
REQUIRED CONSTRUCTION PERMITS
Automatic fire-extinguishing Systems$200.00
Battery Systems (greater than 50 gallons)$50.00
Cryogenic Fluids$100.00
Fire Alarm and Detection Systems and Related equipment$200.00
Private Fire Hydrants$100.00
Standpipe Systems with/without Sprinkler System$75.00
Temporary Membrane structures, tents, and canopies$50.00 Each
MANDATORY OPERATIONAL PERMITS
Explosives [Manufacturing, Storage, Handling, & Sale or use of explosives, fireworks, explosive material (60-day permit)]$300.00
Pyrotechnic special effects materials$500.00
Temporary Membrane structures, tents, and canopies$50.00 Each
All other permit fess required by the Technical Code$50.00
County Owned BuildingsNo Charge
Foster Care DHHS InspectionNo Charge
Temporary / Conditional CO Fire Inspection$100.00
FIRE PLAN REVIEWS
Building - New Construction, change of use, alteration, remodel, repair, renovation, or reconstruction:
Subdivision$30.00 + $20.00 per fire hydrant required
Small Fire Plan Review / Final Fire Inspection (Less than 2,500 square feet)$100.00
Basic Fire Plan Review / Final Fire Inspection (2,500 - 10,000 square feet) $250.00
Intermediate Fire Plan Review / Final Fire Inspection (10,001 - 25,000 square feet) $500.00
Complex Fire Plan Review / Final Fire Inspection (25,001 - 100,000 square feet) $750.00
Special Fire Plan Review / Final Fire Inspection (More than 100,001 square feet) $1,000.00
HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS
Class A - 55 gals. or 500 lbs.$50.00
Class B - 56 - 550 gals. or 501 - 5000 lbs.$250.00
Class C - 550 to 5,500 gals. or 5,000 to 50,000 lbs.$250.00
Class D - 5,500 gals. or 50,000 lbs.$500.00
INSPECTION FEES
All owners or tenants of buildings in Brunswick County, which are required to be inspected by the Brunswick County Fire Code Official are subject to the following inspection fee schedule:
Initial Fire Inspection Under 1,500 square feet $25.00
1,500-5,000 square feet $50.00
5,000 - 10,000 square feet $75.00
Over 10,000 square feet $100.00 + $5.00 / 1,000 square feet
New Construction Field re-inspection$75.00
First re-inspection for non-compliance if code requirements are not met$50.00
Second re-inspection for non-compliance if code requirements are not met$100.00
Third re-inspection for non-compliance if code requirements are not met$150.00
Fourth re-inspection for non-compliance if code requirements are not met$200.00
Fifth and subsequent re-inspections for non-compliance$250.00
Complaint Investigation with violation found and not corrected at time of visit.See Penalties and Fees Section. $50.00 to $500.00 per violation.
Civil Penalities are assessed in accordance with North Carolina G.S. 153A and G.S. 160A. [First Offense, Second Offense, Third and Subsequent Offenses].See Penalties and Fees Section. $50.00 to $500.00 per violation.

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