This is a photo of a metal sculpture and monument to firefighters. The sculpture is of three firefighters, one helping a colleague who has collapsed. Another has a firehose as if putting out a fire.

NC fire departments stuck with 120,000 gallons of toxic foam; legislation has funds to buy it back

BY: - April 21, 2023

Fire departments across North Carolina have on hand more than 120,000 gallons of firefighting foam that contains toxic PFAS, according to state data, and have used it 51 times to extinguish blazes in eight months. For decades, PFAS-containing foam, known as AFFF, has been used to suppress fires involving petroleum products or other flammable liquids. […]

An aerial view of the Chemours plant

New EPA data shows NC released 59 million pounds of toxic chemicals in 2021, ranks 17th in US

BY: - April 12, 2023

More than 59 million pounds of toxic chemicals were released into the environment in North Carolina in 2021, according to new EPA data, the largest amount since 2015. Averaged across the state, that amount is equivalent to 1,046 pounds per square mile. The 2021 “Toxics Release Inventory” tracks discharges and emissions of nearly 800 harmful […]

Chemours blew deadline to build an underground wall to keep GenX out of Cape Fear River, but gets two-month extension

BY: - March 28, 2023

Chemours missed a key deadline in building a subsurface wall at its Fayetteville Works plant that would prevent GenX and other types of toxic PFAS from entering the Cape Fear River, state documents show. The barrier wall, more than a mile long and 60 to 80 feet deep, was supposed to be complete by March […]

Pittsboro sues 20 companies, including 3M, Chemours, DuPont over PFAS contamination in town drinking water

BY: - January 27, 2023

The Town of Pittsboro has sued more than 20 companies, including Chemours, DuPont and 3M, BASF and several other manufacturers of PFAS, for allegedly polluting its water supply with the toxic compounds. The lawsuit was filed yesterday in Chatham County Superior Court. It asks the court to force the companies to reimburse the town for […]

BREAKING: NC Supreme Court issues much anticipated rulings on education funding, environmental protection

BY: - November 4, 2022

[These are developing stories. Policy Watch will be posting regular updates.] After nearly three decades of litigation, Leandro case finally comes to a head as justices order lawmakers to fund court-approved education improvement plan By Greg Childress In a dramatic ruling issued just days before midterm elections, the North Carolina Supreme Court upheld a lower […]

Chemours to appeal PFAS discharge permit, contends it can’t meet the requirements to reduce toxic compounds from entering Cape Fear River

BY: - October 17, 2022

Chemours, the company responsible for contaminated the drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people in North Carolina, says it can’t meet the standards in its recent discharge permit issued by the NC Department of Environmental Quality. The permit, known as an NPDES, is related to the water treatment system for a mile-long barrier wall […]

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Chemours plans to expand its Fayetteville Works site, but hasn’t cleaned up existing contamination

BY: - September 22, 2022

Chemours – the billion-dollar company responsible for contaminating the drinking water of hundreds of thousands of people in the Lower Cape Fear River Basin, the company that is challenging the EPA’s scientific findings that GenX is toxic, the company that after 28 months has yet to submit a revised corrective action plan to clean up polluted groundwater...

NC Attorney General’s Office argues that DuPont’s holding companies should also be on the hook for PFAS liabilities in NC

BY: - September 19, 2022

The historical DuPont corporation -- known in court records as "Old DuPont" -- has parked roughly $20 billion in two “paper companies” (which have no employees, offices or equipment) to shield those assets from legal liability, a lawyer for the North Carolina Attorney General argued before the state Supreme Court today.

Chemours plans to expand its Fayetteville Works site, public info sessions scheduled

BY: - September 6, 2022

Chemours plans to expand its Fayetteville Works plant in northern Bladen County, where the company would ramp up production of PFA, a type of perfluorinated compound. PFA belongs to the larger family of perfluorinated compounds, of which there are at least 10,000. They are known to be toxic in drinking water; many, including PFOA, PFOS […]

Chemours says it will offer alternative water to more GenX-affected households, but is vague about future

BY: - July 15, 2022

Chemours told the NC Department of Environmental Quality this week that it would offer replacement water supplies to more North Carolinians whose wells are contaminated with GenX, but was vague as to whether it would continue to do so if the company wins a federal court case. In a July 13 letter from Chemours plant […]

Chemours estimates 1,545 more NC households with GenX-contaminated wells could be eligible for alternative water

BY: - July 14, 2022

Chemours estimates it would be required to provide alternative water supplies to an additional 1,545 households in North Carolina whose private wells are contaminated with GenX – the result of more stringent EPA recommendations, an NC Department of Environmental Quality official said today. Currently, Chemours provides alternative water supplies to 245 well owners in North […]