Cape Fear Public Utility Authority was not part of any negotiation or discussion related to the draft consent order that NCDEQ released Wednesday. As such, we are reviewing the document and will submit both technical and legal comments to NCDEQ in the future. We will make those comments public when they are provided to NCDEQ.
While the draft document appears to address some important issues surrounding future PFAS contamination, it does not appear to consider or address how downstream utilities and their customers have been affected and the possible lingering effects of the broad spectrum of PFAS contamination. In addition, it does not address the effects of detected PFAS accumulation in river sediment.
CFPUA will continue to work with NCDEQ to ensure we provide our customers the cleanest water possible. We have not received a response from NCDEQ concerning our November 13 email transmitting a report by UNCW researchers describing additional PFAS compounds they identified in the Cape Fear River. We will also share NCDEQ's response to this information when it is received.
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