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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Environmental Health Fees

Fee Schedule 2018-2019

* Fees marked with an asterisk are collected directly by Brunswick County Health Services.

Customers that are submitting an application for a septic permit on a property that is not served by public water must also submit a well permit application.  The well permit application fee may be refunded if the septic permit is denied and the property owner or authorized agent submits a refund request within a year of receiving the denial letter.

Improvement Permit Application

Less than or equal to 480 gallons per day$640.00
481 - 1,500 gallons per day$740.00
1,501 - 2,999 gallons per day$940.00
3,000+ gallons per day$1,040.00 (Plus $100 per each add'l 500 gallons.)
* Revisit fee for site not ready$25.00

Construction Authorization Permit (5 year)

Type I, II, III systems less than 481 gallons per day$175.00
Type II, III systems 481 - 1,500 gallons per day$300.00
Type II, III systems 1,501 - 2,999 gallons per day$500.00
* Type III(b), IV systems less than 481 gallons per day$225.00
* Type III(b), IV systems less than 481 - 1,500 gallons per day$300.00
* Type III(b), IV systems less than 1,501 - 2,999 gallons per day$500.00
* Type V systems$500.00
* Type VI systems$600.00
Notes:
(1) Revisions and/or Construction Authorization renewals are the amount of the permit fee stated above. Original permit fee must be paid before revision request can be taken.
(2) Original Permit Fee/Revision of Improvement Permits without expiration shall be twice the amount reflected above.
(3) Engineer Option Permits fee is 30% of the set rate for IP and CA Permit according to the system type and daily flow design.

Management Entity

* Type IIIB Inspection Fee (late fee $25)$100.00
* Type IV Inspection Fee (late fee $25)$100.00
* Type V Inspection Fee (late fee $25)$200.00
* Type VI Inspection Fee (late fee $25)$300.00
Notes:
(1) Management Entity inspection fees shall be assessed to any new wastewater system or any existing wastewater system for which there has been a change of ownership effective July 1, 2009.
(2) Gravity distributions systems that use sand line trenches are fee exempt.
Relocation/existing system check (no upgrade)
(If site evaluation is necessary, fee to be paid when permit is picked up)
$250.00
Septic System Repair Evaluation$300.00
Mobile Home Park Authorization/Connection$50.00
Wastewater Tap Connection$75.00
* Test Well (per site)$300.00
* Mobile Home Parks/Campgrounds Annual Fee (late fee $25)$150.00

Water Samples

* Bacteria$50.00
* Chemical$150.00
* Pesticide$150.00
* Petroleum$150.00
* Nitrate$50.00

Well Permits

New and Repair Well permit$300.00

Tattoo Artists

* Tattoo Artist Annual Permit Fee (per artist)$250.00

Public Swimming Pools

* Seasonal Pool Permit Fee (Annual)$200.00
* Year Round Pool Permit Fee (Annual)$300.00
* Pool Plan Review Fee$250.00
* Revisit Fee $25.00

Food Establishments

* Food Establishment Plan Review$250.00
* Food Establishment Plan Review (Existing Establishments)$150.00
* Smoking Violation Civil Penalty$200.00
* Temporary Food Establishment Permit$75.00

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25 COURTHOUSE DRIVE
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(910) 253-2150
env-health@brunswickcountync.gov
open mon-fri:
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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