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.

Medicaid & Food and Nutrition Services

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Medicaid & Food and Nutrition Services

Medicaid and Health Choice are health insurance programs that offer coverage for individuals, families and children who meet financial and other requirements. The Food and Nutrition Services or Food Stamp program provides monthly supplement to eligible individual and families to purchase health foods.  Medicaid and Food and Nutrition Services are entitlement programs.

Medicaid

Medicaid is a health insurance program for low-income individuals and families who cannot afford health care costs. There are many different Medicaid programs, and the eligibility requirements vary slightly between programs. View more information about Medicaid; learn about the requirements for different programs. Apply through the North Carolina Health and Human Services’ online program

To view “Notice of Your Rights Under Hawkins v. Cohen” click here.  En Espanol click here.

Health Choice for Children

North Carolina Health Choice offers health coverage for children whose families make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but do not make enough money to afford private or employer-sponsored health insurance. View more information; apply through the North Carolina Health and Human Services’s online program.

Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps)

The Food and Nutrition Program (Food Stamps) is a federal food assistance program that provides low-income families a monthly supplemental allotment of benefits issues via Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards (commonly known as an ATM card). The Food stamp program is an entitlement program, so all eligible individual and households can receive assistance.

You may be eligible for Food and Nutrition Services if your total income falls below the appropriate gross income limits for your household size. Eligibility workers determine which income limit applies to your household.

Eligible individuals will receive Food and Nutrition benefits no later than thirty days from the date of application. Individuals with special circumstances will be given an opportunity to receive Food and Nutrition benefits within seven days of the application. View more information; apply through the North Carolina Health and Human Services’s online program.

Information You May Need When Applying for Services

To assist you with the Medicaid and Food and Nutrition Services applications, listed below are verifications you may be asked to provide in order to determine your eligibility. If you do not have any of this information you may still complete an application and interview for services.  Individuals can apply at https://epass.nc.gov/CitizenPortal/application.do or in person at the Social Service building, no appointment is necessary. 

To submit required verification electronically, email them to:  dss.fns.ma@brunswickcountync.gov

Name/Identity:

  • Driver’s License
  • Work/School/Health Benefit ID
  • Voter Registration Card
  • Birth Certificate

Address/Residency:

  • Voter Registration/Library Card
  • Utility Bill
  • Rent/Mortgage receipt
  • Mail received at your address

Earned Income:

  • Check stubs
  • Letter or note from your Employer
  • Employee W-2
  • Income Tax Forms
  • Self-employment Bookkeeping Records

 Unearned Income (Social Security, Veterans benefits, Child Support, Retirement):

  • Bank Statement
  • Benefit Award Letter/Benefit Payment Check
  • Child Support Agreement
  • Income Tax Forms

 Expenses:

  • Rent or Lease Agreement/Mortgage
  • Property Tax/Homeowner’s Insurance Statement
  • Day Care receipts
  • Medical Expense receipts
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Contact

60 GOVERNMENT CENTER DRIVE
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(910) 253-2077
DSS@BRUNSWICKCOUNTYNC.GOV
open mon-fri:
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Please do not email reports of abuse or neglect.
If you need to make a CPS or APS report, please call 910-253-2077 during business hours.  After Hours call 911 and ask to speak to the on call social worker.

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