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 […]

PFAS found in blood samples of more than 1,000 people in Cape Fear River Basin

BY: - October 20, 2022

For more than a year, Laura Petersen has waited for the message to arrive. “I’m so nervous to open that letter,” she said at a meeting this week co-hosted by scientists from the GenX Exposure Study and members of the Haw River Assembly. Petersen and her family have lived in Pittsboro for 12 years. Every […]

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 […]

Discharged from Greensboro, toxic chemical 1,4-Dioxane has arrived downstream, contaminating Pittsboro’s drinking water

BY: - April 12, 2022

Levels of 1,4-Dioxane, a likely carcinogen, have increased in Pittsboro’s drinking water over the past week, as an illegal discharge makes its way downstream, according to town officials. The release came from Greensboro’s TZ Osborne wastewater treatment plant on April 5. The plant discharges into South Buffalo Creek, a tributary of the Haw River, which […]

Community rallies to support Chatham County student victimized by racial bullying

BY: - March 15, 2022

A multi-racial coalition of activists rallied Monday to support a student and his family after a racially motivated bullying incident at J.S Waters School in Goldston. The student, who is bi-racial, was reportedly sold at a faux slave auction by white classmates during baseball tryouts. J.S. Waters serves children in Kindergarten through eighth grade; students of […]

No culprit identified in Greensboro 1,4-Dioxane spills from 2021; investigation continues

BY: - March 9, 2022

Four months after the most recent 1,4-Dioxane spill that contaminated Pittsboro’s drinking water, the City of Greensboro has not pinpointed a source of the hazardous chemical that entered its sewer system. However, city officials are focusing on the Patton trunk line, a part of the city’s sewer system that sends wastewater to the TZ Osborne […]

Levels of 1,4-Dioxane above health advisory goal in untreated drinking water in Pittsboro

BY: - November 18, 2021

One sample of raw — or untreated — drinking water in Pittsboro contained levels of 1,4-Dioxane above the health advisory goal, and concentrations in treated water continue to rise, according to test results released late this afternoon by the town. On Nov. 16, a sample of raw water contained 38.1 parts per billion of 1,4-Dioxane, […]

After thinking it had “dodged a bullet,” Pittsboro reports increase in 1,4-Dioxane in drinking water

BY: - November 16, 2021

Just days ago, Pittsboro officials said they considered the town “lucky,” thinking a slug of 1,4-Dioxane from the City of Greensboro had bypassed its water intake on the Haw River. But new test results today have prompted town staff to say they are “concerned by the uptick in concentration in in raw water samples.” Those […]

Pittsboro officials: “the Town was simply lucky this time” regarding 1,4-Dioxane from Greensboro

BY: - November 11, 2021

The slug of toxic 1,4-Dioxane coursing down the Haw River from Greensboro arrived in Pittsboro at just the right time. Pittsboro Town Manager Chris Kennedy announced in a press release today that based on low levels of compound in drinking water, the contamination passed the town’s water intake from the Haw River during “dormant raw […]

Greensboro releases yet another slug of 1,4-Dioxane into Haw River, Pittsboro’s drinking water supply

BY: - November 9, 2021

Update Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m.: Cory Saulsbury, superintendent of Pittsboro’s water plant told Policy Watch that sampling from from Nov. 3 to Nov. 8 showed levels of 1, 4-Dioxane at 1.07 ppb. Saulsbury said the town will “continue to monitor the situation by pulling samples every day this week with a rush order.”  Greensboro’s wastewater treatment […]

Pittsboro commissioners balk at route for North Chatham Park Way

BY: - September 1, 2021

A contentious state road project in Pittsboro hit a detour last week, after town leaders unanimously directed transportation officials to analyze yet another alternate route for the $30 million North Chatham Park Way, one that would avoid lopping off part of the bucolic North Woods neighborhood. 

Pittsboro hit with another dose of 1,4-Dioxane from Greensboro

BY: - July 12, 2021

This story has been corrected. Greensboro told Policy Watch today that they do not believe Shamrock Environmental is the source of the contamination. The data provided by the Town of Pittsboro did not account for dilution factors in Greensboro. Pittsboro’s drinking water took another hit of 1,4-Dioxane last week, which the town attributes to an […]