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Environment

Consent Order Would Make Chemical Plant Reduce Emissions

This photo taken Friday, June 15, 2018 shows the Chemours Company's PPA facility at the Fayetteville Works plant near Fayetteville, N.C. where the chemical known as GenX is produced. The chemical has been found in the Cape Fear River, a source of drinking
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State environmental officials have obtained a consent order which calls on a North Carolina chemical plant to reduce emissions of a compound and pay a $12 million civil penalty.The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality said in a news release Wednesday the order requires Chemours to reduce GenX air emissions and provide permanent replacement drinking water supplies.

In addition to the civil penalty, the order calls for Chemours to pay an additional $1 million for investigative costs. Additional penalties will apply if Chemours fails to meet the conditions and deadlines established in the order.

Attorneys for the environmental agency said in a lawsuit that a months-long investigation by DEQ found Chemours contaminated the state's air, surface water and groundwater through its release of GenX.

 

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