Playing a dangerous game with the health of downstream citizens:
Chemours said on June 21 it would voluntarily stop discharging GenX into the Cape Fear from its Fayetteville plant. On June 27, the NCDEQ verified Chemours had stopped.
However, the NCDEQ said on July 12 that additional sources of GenX were still being discharged into the river from the Chemours site after June 27.
On July 13, NCDEQ confirmed that the discharging of GenX from the Chemours complex had ended.
This timeline shows the folly of NC regulators’ tendency to prefer self-regulation by private companies over applying strict rules. That “voluntary” decision to stop discharges just happened to coincide with water testing that was in process, so the declaration was already suspect. But that promise also (apparently) superseded/supplanted the need for DEQ to order them to stop. Chemours beat them to the punchline, and they may have done so because they knew more discharges would be needed to get rid of that crap, and were relying on regulatory ambiguity to continue a little longer. Whatever the case, they broke their promise, and DEQ needs to take appropriate steps before they end up owning part of this disaster. Here’s a warning to stockholders from the Motley Fool: