CFPUA is reviewing a revised consent order released this afternoon by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality regarding ongoing releases of PFAS compounds from Chemours’ chemical plant that have affected the Cape Fear River and downstream water users.
The consent order, filed in Bladen County Superior Court, revises some terms of a proposed order filed November 21, according to NCDEQ. The consent order is intended settle claims in NCDEQ’s 2017 lawsuit against Chemours, as well as a separate lawsuit filed by Cape Fear River Watch.
On December 20, CFPUA filed a motion to intervene in NCDEQ’s lawsuit against Chemours. A ruling on CFPUA’s motion is still pending.
“We look forward to working with our partners at NCDEQ to determine the best way to ensure our community has access to safe drinking water and that polluters such as Chemours are held to account, legally and financially,” said Jim Flechtner, CFPUA executive director.