January 07, 2019

City council to consider a resolution opposing the agreement at Tuesday’s meeting

Monday, a proposed consent order between the state, Chemours and Cape Fear River Watch was the subject of more than an hour of often-heated back-and-forth during Wilmington City Council’s agenda briefing.

Councilman Kevin O’Grady’s comments were most pointed, pushing N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan, who spoke at the meeting, to re-consider the proposed agreement.

The councilman argued the document fails to guarantee Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) customers similar protections as residents around the Fayetteville Works plant, who will receive drinking water from Chemours should tests show their wells contain more than 10 parts per trillion (ppt) of specific perfluorinated chemicals or a combined 70 ppt of the same. Regan and Cape Fear River Watch’s Kemp Burdette maintained requiring Chemours to reduce emissions and take steps to treat contaminated groundwater will result in improvements to Wilmington-area drinking water.

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