Increased GenX Levels
According to state environmental regulators, levels of GenX in the Cape Fear River have spiked yet again, and they’re not sure why.
In October, there was a spill that Chemours failed to report, which resulted in increased GenX levels in the river. Researchers found concentrations of GenX that were shockingly high: almost 20 times the state’s public health goal.
Levels of GenX in the drinking water also rose during the last two weeks of October, according to Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) officials. As early November approached, the levels of the chemical began to slowly decline until they were closer to twice the recommended threshold, 140 parts per trillion.
Now, they’re back on the rise, and officials from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality are demanding answers from Chemours. They have even partially suspended the company’s wastewater permit. However, Chemours is sticking to its typical response: silence.
Chemours Fails to Act
A recent article by ABC News gives an account of Chemours’ tendency to remain tight-lipped in times like these, stating that it runs contrary to the expected business norm. Most companies will address their mistakes and issue an apology in hopes of easing hard feelings and saving money in the long run. Chemours, on the other hand, has chosen to keep a low profile. The article speculates that recent increased stock performance and the threat of costly lawsuits are possible reasons for this strategy.
In one of Chemours’ few statements on the GenX contamination issue, they claimed, “We continue to work closely with local, state and federal officials to determine the appropriate next steps.”
Officials from Cumberland and Bladen Counties, however, have expressed frustration with the company. They specifically cite the lack of a concrete plan, and the company’s failure to commit funds for any remedial action.
We will continue to monitor the situation pertaining to GenX contamination of the Cape Fear River and report on significant developments.
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Written by: Heather Helmendach, Legal Assistant
Law Offices of Thomas J. Lamb, P.A.