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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Get a North Carolina Voter Registration Form

There are several ways to obtain a North Carolina voter registration form:

1. Online

After completing and signing the Voter Registration Form, please mail it to:

  • Brunswick County Board of Elections
    P.O. Box 2
    Bolivia, NC 28422

2. Department of Motor Vehicles

Individuals may register or makes changes to their existing Brunswick County voter registration record when at the DMV getting or renewing their North Carolina driver’s license or ID card.

3. County-wide Locations

  • Municipal town halls
  • Brunswick County libraries
  • Brunswick County high schools
  • Department of Social Services
  • Employment Security Commission
  • Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services
  • Services for the Blind
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

4. Board of Elections Office

Individuals may register in person at the Board of Elections office. The office is located in Building H of the county government center in Bolivia, NC. Upon request, the Board of Elections office will also mail a voter registration form to anyone.

Voter Registration Qualifications

Voting begins with registering to vote. The registration deadline is 25 days before Election Day. Do not delay; register today!

To register to vote in Brunswick County you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a legal resident domiciled in Brunswick County and North Carolina for 30 days by the date of the next general election day
  • Be 18 years of age or older by next general election day
  • Have had citizenship rights restored, if ever convicted of a felony
  • Not be registered nor will vote in any other county or state

*If you will be 18 years of age by the date of the next general election, your application may be processed as early as 60 days prior to the date of any primary election associated with that general election, even if you will only be 17 years old during the primary. You will then be qualified to vote in the primary election for all eligible contests.

North Carolina Voter Registration Cards

Approximately 3-4 weeks after submitting your voter registration application you will receive a voter registration card in the mail. This voter registration card is for your records. It is not required to vote. This card will show your precinct name, your polling location name and address, your political party affiliation, and the various electoral jurisdictions in which you reside.

If you make changes to an existing Brunswick County voter registration record, you will receive a new voter registration card in the mail reflecting those changes.

Upon receiving your voter registration card in the mail, if everything on the card is correct then you keep the card. You do not send it back to the Board of Elections office. Only voter confirmation cards, which are mailed when the first voter registration mailing is returned to us undelivered, must be completed, signed, and returned to the Board of Elections office. These confirmation cards come in a business reply format and do not require postage for their return.

If you would like to receive a replacement voter registration card, you may send us an email (elections@brunswickcountync.gov) or call us (910-253-2620) to request a replacement. We can only send the card to the address on your voter record.

Voter Registration Deadline

The registration deadline for the 2020 primary election is Friday, February 7, 2020.

The deadline to register to vote in North Carolina is 25 days before the date of an election. The voter registration application must be received by the our office by this date. If an application is received after the deadline, the application may still be timely if it was mailed and it is postmarked on or before the voter registration deadline; otherwise, the application will not be processed until after the election. Persons who register at the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles or another voter registration agency will be considered registered as of the date the application is given to the agency. As long as this date is on or before the voter registration deadline, then the application will be deemed timely for an upcoming election.

Changes to an existing Brunswick County voter registration record should likewise be made by the 25 day voter registration deadline. Your voter registration record should be updated if you have moved within the County, your legal name has changed, or you wish to change your political party affiliation. Waiting until Election Day to make name and address changes will require extra time and paperwork.  Political party changes are not permitted after the 25 day voter registration deadline.

Same Day Registration

If a Brunswick County resident misses the voter registration deadline, they may go to any one-stop early voting site to register and vote the same day.  The individual will be required to provide acceptable proof of residence before they can become registered.  The Notice to Same Day Registrants provides more details, including a list of acceptable proof of residence documents.  Same day registration is only available during one-stop early voting; it is not available on election day.

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75 Stamp Act Drive NE (Building H) Bolivia, NC, 28422

(910) 253-2620
elections@brunswickcountync.gov
BOEchair@brunswickcountync.gov
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8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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