Friday, February 3, 2023

Chemours sends GenX waste out of North Carolina, performs ‘trial burn’

The former DuPont subsidiary agreed to stop dumping GenX in the Cape Fear River. But the chemical has to go somewhere. It now appears Chemours is finalizing plans to take GenX out of state, possibly to be incinerated.

The Fayetteville Works facility: DuPont, Kuraray and Chemours share the industrial park and a single wastewater pipe. (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY DUPONT)
The Fayetteville Works facility: DuPont, Kuraray and Chemours share the industrial park and a single wastewater pipe for the disposal of GenX, PFOAs and other chemicals. (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY DUPONT)

FAYETTEVILLE — After halting the dumping of GenX into the Cape Fear last week, The Chemours Company is making plans to take its chemical waste to another state.

According to Marla Sink, a spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), a team from the state physically inspected the Fayetteville Works facility operated by The Chemours Company. The team determined that Chemours had in fact ceased all discharge of GenX into the Cape Fear as it promised last week.

However, the question remains, what will become of the chemical?

According to Sink, Chemours “is keeping the wastewater from being discharged by using temporary storage tanks to hold the waste as they are working on final out-of-state disposal options.”

Those options include incineration. Chemours has performed one “test burn” of GenX. According to the DEQ, Chemours sent a shipment of the chemical to a commercial incinerator in Arkansas on June 22 for a “trial burn.”

The DEQ has notified the federal Environmental Protection Agency about Chemours potential plans to incinerate or otherwise dispose of GenX in other states. The DEQ did not immediately have any have further information about the potential health or environmental impact of GenX disposal methods.

Both the DEQ and EPA are working to answer several other questions related to this issue. Port City Daily will update this story as more information becomes available.


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