“The company that makes GenX at its Bladen County plant says equipment it installed to reduce how much of the potentially carcinogenic compound gets into the air is performing better than expected.

But Chemours officials still don’t expect to meet their goal of removing nearly all the compound from the air emissions until late next year.

The company installed carbon adsorption bed technology at two key locations at its Fayetteville Works plant in May. Brian Long, manager of the facility, sent an emissions report to Michael Abraczinskas, director of the state Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality, on Thursday.

Long said the tests, which were conducted in June, showed that the beds were removing more GenX than levels to which the company had committed. One system was removing an average of 99.8 percent of GenX from one process, which is higher than Chemours’ 97 percent commitment, Long said. The other was taking out 98.7 percent, which he said is significantly greater than the company’s 90 percent commitment.

Company officials have said that along with other equipment the carbon adsorption beds were expected to reduce overall GenX emissions by about 40 percent. Lisa Randall, a Chemours spokeswoman, said the company is not tracking the current GenX level but believes the reductions are higher than 40 percent…

Randall said the results give company officials a high degree of confidence that the the technology is working to reduce GenX air emissions at one major part of the site. The equipment is an important step in Chemours’ overall goal of reducing the emissions by 99 percent, she said.

‘To achieve that goal, we will need to complete the construction and installation of our thermal oxidizer, which will control other portions of the site to a 99.99 percent emissions reduction,’ she said. ‘The construction is ongoing and we are on track to have the thermal oxidizer operational by late 2019. We are also planning other improvements in our emissions control equipment this year.’ …

State officials have been investigating the Chemours plant since June 2017, when news broke that researchers had discovered GenX in the Cape Fear River. The company agreed to stop discharging the compound into the river.

GenX has since been found in hundreds of private wells around the plant. The compound also has been detected in lakes, swamps, creeks and rainwater.

Chemours makes GenX at the Bladen County plant, but the compound also is a byproduct of other processes there. The chemical is sent to other locations, where it is used to make nonstick cookware and other products.”

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