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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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Brunswick County Precinct Officials

For a list of appointed precinct officials for 2019 – 2021, click here.

You can serve your community by assisting in the election process!

What does a Precinct Official do?

There are several jobs in the polling place including using electronic poll books to look up voter information and bringing up a voter’s ballot on a voting machine.  It is important that officials be able to rotate jobs throughout the day.  The mandatory training will ensure that all officials can do any of the jobs asked of them in the polling place.

Are you qualified?

  • Are you at least 18 and registered to vote in Brunswick County?
  • Are you not currently a candidate (or relative of a candidate) or party official?
  • Do you enjoy customer service?
  • Are you comfortable with computers (sending an email or using the internet)?
  • Do you have an active email account that you check regularly? (required)
  • Are you able to receive direct deposit? (required)
  • Are you able to attend at least two training sessions prior to working?
  • Start the process!  The first step is attending a Poll Worker Orientation session to gain more information about elections.  You can see available dates and register to attend by clicking here.
  • If you would like to receive information prior to the 2020 elections, please fill out the survey below!

Benefits you receive:

  • Money! (direct deposit is required)
  • Earn at least $150 for Election Day
  • Paid training provided
  • Understand the elections process better
  • Serve your community
  • Add experience to resumes and school applications

Election Day Precinct Officials

The Election Day polling place management team consists of one chief judge and two judges. These three individuals are recommended by the county political parties and are appointed to 2-year terms that begin in August of odd-numbered years.

  • CHIEF JUDGE: The chief judge is in charge of the polling place. He/she is typically of the same political party as the governor.
  • JUDGES: The two election judges assist the chief judge. There is typically one judge from each major political party.
  • ASSISTANTS: In addition to the 3-person management team, the success of the polling place also depends on election assistants. Assistants perform various, vital functions in the polling place under the direction of the chief judge. The number of assistants varies depending on the anticipated turnout for each election.

Election day shifts begin and 6:00 am and usually end around 8:30 pm (once all votes have been counted and documents signed).  To serve on Election Day you must be able to work the whole day.

One-Stop Early Voting Officials

The time frame for one-stop voting is the third Wednesday before an election through the Saturday before an election.  The shifts for one-stop voting are anywhere from 7-9 hours depending on the election.


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