Read the full article by Matthew Prensky (Wilmington Star News)

“Chemours is expanding its private well sampling program to the lower Cape Fear region and has released plans of what that will look like for residents.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality ordered Chemours to expand its well testing program back in November.

In a letter to Chemours on Nov. 3, state officials told the chemical maker it had determined the company was responsible for contamination of groundwater drinking wells in New Hanover County and potentially other counties in the lower portion of the Cape Fear River.

Since early 2019, DEQ has been testing groundwater wells and water supply wells in New Hanover County to determine if Chemours’ activities at its Fayetteville Works manufacturing plant contaminated the drinking water of residents who live off wells in the region, according to the Nov. 3 letter from DEQ.

‘The results of this sampling have established that multiple wells in New Hanover County are contaminated with PFAS compounds that originated at the facility,’ according to the letter.

Therefore, DEQ required Chemours to expand the assistance its mandated to offer under a 2019 court order. In addition to private well testing in Cumberland, Robeson, Bladen and Sampson counties, Chemours is now required to test private wells in Pender, New Hanover, Brunswick and Columbus counties for PFAS contamination.

But Chemours seems to have taken issue with the testing data DEQ is basing its decision off of, and as a result, the chemical maker’s plans in and around Wilmington are a fraction of the size of what it’s doing upriver.

…Chemours believes the contamination DEQ detected from its New Hanover County isn’t from the Fayetteville Works facility, but ‘… rather from the migration of PFAS from the Cape Fear River to groundwater, including from ‘leaking potable water distribution pipes and sanitary sewers that convey water from the Cape Fear River,” according to Chemours’ Feb. 1 response.”…