“The Chemours Company said in a statement released today that carbon adsorption bed technology has been successfully installed at two key locations at its Fayetteville Works plant. The facility is located off N.C. 87 near the Cumberland County line.

Chemours makes GenX at the Bladen County plant. The compound is sent to other locations, where it is used to make nonstick cookware and other products…

The state started investigating Chemours after news broke last year that researchers had found GenX in the Cape Fear River. The chemical has since been discovered in private wells, lakes and swamps around the plant, leading investigators to believe the contamination is caused by air emissions.

Chemours officials said in the statement that carbon adsorption beds have been installed and are fully operating. The beds, which the statement described as ‘state-of-the-art technology,’ are designed to immediately provide a significant reduction in air emissions of GenX, which also is known as C3 dimer acid, the statement said…

The adsorption beds have highly porous carbonaceous materials capable of attracting and holding a wide variety of organic vapor molecules, a Chemours spokeswoman said in response to a question about how the beds work. Testing has shown that carbon adsorption is effective for capturing and controlling GenX, she said.

The carbon systems are expected to reduce close to 30 percent of the GenX emissions, according to the spokeswoman. When combined with other measures the company has taken, the current total reductions are estimated to be about 40 percent, she said.

The statement said Chemours also is investing in other emission control technology that is expected to reduce the majority of GenX emissions by the end of this year. The effort includes upgrades to a waste gas scrubber that will be completed in October, it said.”

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