Apr 09, 2020

Chemours' Proposed Corrective Action Plan Seeks Revisions

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) will require extensive revisions to the proposed Corrective Action Plan submitted by Chemours

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The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will require extensive revisions to the proposed Corrective Action Plan submitted by Chemours.

This is due to inadequacies in the plan, reported the North Carolina DEQ. The proposed Consent Order aims to stop per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from contaminating the Cape Fear River, which stops the PFAS from entering the drinking water of downstream users.

According to the Consent Order, the action plan must adhere to DEQ’s groundwater rules.   

“The proposed plan is clearly deficient and fails to address the fundamental purposes of a corrective action plan,” said Michael S. Regan, DEQ Secretary. “Chemours will not receive approval from this department until they address appropriate clean up measures for the communities impacted by the contamination and meet the terms of the Consent Order.”

Based on initial review, the proposed Corrective Action Plan lacks a thorough technical basis, including an adequate assessment of human exposure to PFAS compounds and a thorough evaluation of on- and off-site groundwater contamination. In addition, DEQ believes the plan does not provide for appropriate remediation of on-site groundwater or off-site contamination.

NCDEQ also provided the proposed Corrective Action Plan to the public for comment, receiving more than 1,240 public comments. The majority of the commenters believe the proposed plan from Chemours does not sufficiently address community concerns, the requirements of state law and the Consent Order. 

The NCDEQ also has the authority to investigate other contributors to PFAS contamination in the Cape Fear River basin, including contributors upstream of the Chemours facility. The proposed consent order does not prevent DEQ from taking further legal action against Chemours if new information requires such action.

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