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Posted on: November 10, 2022

Judge grants CFPUA’s motion to intervene in Chemours’ permit appeal

GAC-8-2022

An N.C. administrative law judge on Thursday, November 10, granted CFPUA’s motion to intervene in Chemours’ appeal of a discharge permit intended to reduce the amount of PFAS the company is sending to the Cape Fear River.

On October 27, CFPUA filed a motion with the N.C. Office of Administrative Hearings to intervene in Chemours’ appeal of a discharge permit associated with the Fayetteville Works groundwater remediation system, issued by NCDEQ on September 15. 

After reviewing CFPUA’s motion, a brief in opposition to our motion from Chemours, and CFPUA’s rebuttal to that brief, Administrative Law Judge Donald van der Vaart on Friday granted CFPUA’s request to intervene on behalf of our customers, with “all rights of a party to participate fully in [the] contested case.”

“We filed this motion to have a seat at the table so we can advocate for our community for enforcement of the permit as written. The more PFAS Chemours sends to the river, the more it costs us – and our customers – to remove the PFAS from treated drinking water,” said CFPUA Executive Director Kenneth Waldroup. “We also took this step on behalf of our customers, who so far have borne the costs associated with treating drinking water for Chemours’ PFAS.”