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Investigations and Enforcement Actions

Below is a summary of actions, news releases and documents regarding the Chemours investigation prior to the signing of the consent order on February 25, 2019.

2019 2018

2018

December 21

DEQ extends Chemours proposed consent order comment period to Jan. 7

December 4
Notice of Wastewater Spill Containing 0.000000002 lb. of HFPO Dimer Acid on Nov. 29

Weekly Rainwater Sampling results compiled

Chemours sends outfall data to DEQ from Outfall 002 from 2/25/19 through 3/28/19 and 4/15/19 through 4/16/19

November 23

Public information session about GenX scheduled for Dec. 11

November 21

State officials require Chemours to provide permanent drinking water and pay $12 million penalty

October 23

Weekly Rainwater Sampling Results compiled

September 19

Chemours email about rainwater transportation tanker leak

Rainwater Sampling September 10-27

Rainwater Sampling September 4-10

Rainwater Sampling August 28-September 4

August 21

Chemours Status Report on Interim Remedial Actions

August 20

DEQ Public Information Session on GenX

Rainwater Sampling August 14-21

Rainwater Sampling August 7-14

Rainwater Sampling July 31-August 7

Rainwater Sampling July 24-31

July 17

Approval of Secondary Scrubbers 07/17/2018

Rainwater Sampling

July 16

Chemours' Notification of Potential Spill on July 13, 2018 

July 12

Chemours Request for Secondary Scrubber Trial 07/12/2018

July 11

Public Comments on Proposed Order for Preliminary Injunctive Relief

July 10

New contact information for GenX-related bottled water issues

DAQ Rainwater Sampling

July 3-10

DAQ Rainwater Sampling 

June 29

Chemours' "Feasibility Study Report for Public Water Services" in response to May 24 DEQ letter on alternate water supply plans (received June 29)

June 26-July 3

DAQ Rainwater Sampling

June 19-26

DAQ Rainwater Sampling

June 13

Email from Chemours to DEQ (June 13, 2018) re: Potential HFPO Dimer Acid Spill

June 12-19

DAQ Rainwater Sampling

June 11

DEQ files new proposed court order against Chemours

MEDIA RELEASE: DEQ files new proposed court order against Chemours

Division of Waste Management Notice of Violation

Proposed Order for Preliminary Injunctive Relief

DAQ Rainwater Sampling June 5-12

May 30

February 2018 (Second) Stack Testing Report 

Division WGS 2nd Scrubbing Stage

Division of Waste Management letter to Chemours re: Onsite Characterization of Groundwater / Details About Terra Cotta Pipe

Division of Waste Management letter to Chemours re: April 20 Email / Reporting of Spills

DAQ Rainwater Sampling May 29-June 5

May 25

Chemours Email Notice of Carbon Bed Install 05/25/2018

May 24

Division of Waste Management letter to Chemoures re: Permanent Alternative Drinking Water Supply Plan

DAQ Rainwater Sampling May 22-29

May 18

Public information session about GenX scheduled for May 29

Geosyntec Response to Comments

ERM Responses to DEQ Requests Regarding Exhibit 11

ERM Responses to DEQ Requests Regarding Exhibits 2 and 3

Emission Estimate Methodology Report REVISED

Chemours Response to DAQ Follow-Up Questions 

DAQ Rainwater Sampling May 15-22

May 11

Additional Technical Information Request

DAQ Rainwater Sampling May 8-15

May 2

Chemours' Notification of May 2 GenX Sampling Spike

DAQ Rainwater Sampling May 1-8

April 27

Chemours' Response to DAQ 60-day Notice 4/27/2018

April 25

MEDIA ADVISORY: North Carolina Science Advisory Board to meet April 30

DAQ Rainwater Sampling April 24-May 1

DAQ Rainwater Sampling April 17-24

DAQ Rainwater Sampling  April 10-17

April 9

DEQ cites additional violations at Chemours facility, asks court to require Chemours to control air emissions of GenX

Amended Civil Complaint from N.C. Department of Justice 4/9/18

April 6

State officials put Chemours on notice of pending air permit restrictions

DAQ: GenX Test Program Summary

Division of Air Quality's 60-day Notice of Intent to Modify Permit

April 5

Map of Feb. 28-Mar. 2 rainwater and well sampling data

DAQ Rainwater Sampling April 3-10

DAQ Rainwater Sampling  March 27-April 3

DAQ Rainwater Sampling  March 20-27

DAQ Rainwater Sampling March 19-20

March 16

MEDIA ADVISORY: North Carolina Science Advisory Board to meet March 19

March 12

Chemours' air emissions stack test results

Chemours' air emissions stack test cover letter

DAQ Rainwater Sampling  March 10-12

March 8

Chemours email notification about March 8 one-gallon spill

DAQ Rainwater Sampling February 28-March 2

February 26

Chemours' response to Feb. 12 Immediate Action Notice of Violation

February 23

GenX found in rainwater samples collected near Chemours facility

February 21

Map of Chemours rainwater sampling stations

February 14

Chemours reports a spill on the site.

Chemours email notification about Feb. 14 outfall numbers (Outfall 002)

Chemours email notification about Feb. 14 onsite spill

February 13

State orders Chemours to control additional sources of GenX contamination

February 12

DEQ Letter to Chemours (Feb. 12) -- Trial Air Abatement System

Immediate Action Notice of Violation 

DAQ Rainwater Sampling February 4-5

February 1

Chemours Letter -- Feb. 1 Loading Hose Leak

January 31

Third-Party LDAR Program Review

DAQ Rainwater Sampling  January 28-29

January 25

Chemours Letter to DEQ -- Jan. 25 One-gallon Leak Due to Clogged Drain

January 23

State hosting fourth GenX information session on Feb. 1

January 14

Chemours Letter to DEQ -- Jan. 14 Leak to Concrete Pad

January 11

DEQ Secretary Regan cites lab equipment as critical to emerging contaminants response

2017

2017

December 21

Chemours Letter to DEQ-- Dec 21 Request for Carbon Trial

December 15

DEQ Letter to Chemours (Dec. 15) -- Interim Measures to Control PFAS

December 13

Latest test results show elevated levels of GenX in 30 more private wells

December 11

Chemours Letter to DEQ -- Dec. 9 Leak While Pumping Wastewater for Removal

December 1

State hosting third information session Dec. 14 on private well sampling near Chemours

November 29

North Carolina Science Advisory Board to meet in Wilmington Dec. 4

Chemours Letter to DEQ -- Notice of Partial Suspension and 60-Day Notice of Intent to Partially Revoke NPDES Permit

November 27

Surface water results from October show GenX was above state health goal at one water treatment facility after Oct. 6 spill

Chemours Letter to DEQ -- Response to the Notice of Violation

November 22

October, early November data shows high GenX concentrations at Chemours wastewater discharge outfall

November 17

DEQ investigating air emissions leak at Chemours

November 16

State moves to revoke Chemours' permit to discharge processed wastewater

November 14

DEQ issues violation notice to Chemours for unreported chemical spill

November 13

Nov. 13 Notice of Violation and Intent to Assess Penalty

November 9

DEQ will take additional enforcement action against Chemours for unreported spill

November 8

Chemours Letter to DEQ -- Planned Use of Hazardous Waste Deep Well Injection Facility

November 7

Latest test results show concentrations of GenX in Camp Dixie's lake, Marshwood Lake and Hall Park baseball field's well

November 3

Latest test results show elevated levels of GenX in 15 more homeowners' wells

November 2

State receives results showing no GenX at Alderman Elementary School, low concentrations at Gary's Creek Elementary

October 31

Tests show GenX, PFOA and PFOS below established health goals for drinking water sites in Lower Cape Fear

October 30

DEQ takes action to stop additional Chemours discharge based on EPA report

October 24

State continues to scrutinize Chemours wastewater discharge, request to renew permit

DEQ Letter to Chemours -- NPDES permit

October 22

Subpoena issued to DEQ from U.S. Attorney's Office 

October 19

Members named to state Science Advisory Board to advise on emerging chemicals

October 17

State directs Chemours to provide bottled water to nine more well owners after latest preliminary test for GenX

October 12

State announces chairman, first meeting of expanded state science panel to address new or emerging chemicals

October 4

State directs Chemours to provide bottled water to seven more well owners after latest preliminary tests for GenX

September 27

State directs Chemours to provide bottled water to eight more well owners after latest preliminary tests for GenX

September 21

State directs Chemours to provide residents with bottled water after GenX found in preliminary well tests

September 13

State hosting information session Thursday on private well sampling near Chemours

September 6

State issues notice of violation against Chemours based on new groundwater tests

September 5

State orders Chemours to stop chemical releases, begins legal action and steps to suspend permit

August 31

State seeks to stop additional chemical discharges into the Cape Fear River

August 29

DEQ Directs Company to Stop Additional discharges

Past correspondence from DEQ to Chemours

August 24

Latest test results show GenX levels remain well below state health goal

August 15

DEQ, DHHS heads respond to state senators' letter, outline request to protect drinking water

August 9

Newest sampling data shows GenX levels in Cape Fear still below health goal

August 3

DEQ gathering documents for federal investigation related to Chemours

August 2

Latest test results for finished drinking water show GenX below health goal

August 1

Governor Cooper expands state science panel to address new or unregulated chemicals.

July 27

GenX concentrations in treated water continue downward trend based on new data

July 24

Governor Cooper Memo: Water Quality State Action Items

July 17

Governor Cooper Urges EPA to Set Limits for Emerging Contaminant GenX

July 14

State releases first water quality data, updated health information for GenX in Cape Fear River  

July 11

State agency receives first GenX water sample data and begins analysis

July 8

Motion For Temporary Restraining Order

Partial Consent Order Reached

July 7

Civil Complaint from N.C. Department of Justice 

July 5

DEQ Letter to Chemours -- Notice of Intent to Suspend Permit

Letter with Summons from Department of Justice 

Civil Summons from the Department of Justice

June 29

N.C. DHHS Releases Summary of Selected Cancer Rates for Counties in Cape Fear Region

June 27

DEQ verifies Chemours has stopped discharging GenX wastewater

June 20

State Moving forward with GenX investigation

June 19

DEQ starting water quality sampling for GenX in Cape Fear River

June 14

DEQ, DHHS investigating reports of unregulated chemical in Cape Fear River