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Chemours fined $300K for air quality violation

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality issued chemical giant Chemours a $305,611 fine for violating the terms of a consent agreement with the state.

The company exceeded its agreed-upon emissions limit of GenX, an unregulated compound part of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) family of so-called “forever chemicals.”

RELATED: Chemours exceeds air permit limit for GenX

Chemours agreed to a 99% reduction in its GenX emissions in 2019. Two years prior, Chemours released 2,307 pounds of the trademarked compound into the air. In July, the company reported a 12-month rolling total of more than 32 pounds of the compound released, in excess of the permitted 23-pound ceiling.

“DEQ is holding Chemours accountable and ensuring they meet the requirements of their permit at all times,” DEQ Secretary Elizabeth S. Biser said in a press release. “They must uphold their obligations to reduce PFAS impacts to their neighbors in the community.”

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