Permit for water treatment system issued for Chemours site

Published 9:12 am Saturday, September 19, 2020

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North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality has issued a permit for a water treatment system at the Chemours Fayetteville Works site to remove so-called forever chemicals from a contaminated stream.

The department said in a press release on Friday that the stream flows into the Cape Fear River.

The system is required to remove at least 99% of PFAS from the stream and be operational by September 30.

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PFAS are used to make many consumer and industrial products. They’re known as “forever chemicals” because they are slow to break down. Researchers say they’re a threat to human health.

“The treatment system will immediately reduce the amount of PFAS contamination reaching downstream communities,” Assistant Secretary for the Environment Sheila Holman said in a news release.



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