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.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING – FIRE PREVENTION ORDINANCE REVISION

09.30.2019

BRUNSWICK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

Brunswick County is considering adopting a revised Fire Prevention Ordinance. The last Fire Prevention Ordinance update approved for our area was adopted December 15, 2003. Since that time Brunswick County has worked diligently to be consistent with nationally recognized good practices for safeguarding of life and property from hazards of fire and explosion arising from the storage, handling, and uses of hazardous substances, materials and devices, from conditions hazardous to life and property in the use or occupancy of buildings or premises.

The Fire Prevention Ordinance will update policy to prescribe regulations consistent with nationally recognized good practices.  The Fire Prevention Ordinance will become effective on October 21st, 2019.

Notice is hereby giving that the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on October 21st, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commissioners Chambers of the David R. Sandifer Administration Building located at 30 Government Center Drive at the Brunswick County Government Center concerning the following items:

  1. PROPOSED REVISIONS RELATED TO THE FIRE PREVENTION ORDINANCE (A STAND-ALONE ORDINANCE)
  2. UPDATED CIVIL PENALTIES, COLLECTION OF FEES, AND PROGRAMS

The board will consider all discussions during the public hearing.  All interested persons are encouraged to attend.  A copy of the proposed Fire Prevention Ordinance may be viewed at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/fire-marshal/code-compliance-information/.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE BRUNSWICK COUNTY FIRE MARSHALS’ OFFICE AT 910-253-2041 OR 800-621-0609.