Chemours plans to expand its Fayetteville Works site, public info sessions scheduled

Chemours plans to expand its Fayetteville Works plant in northern Bladen County, where the company would ramp up production of PFA, a type of perfluorinated compound.

PFA belongs to the larger family of perfluorinated compounds, of which there are at least 10,000. They are known to be toxic in drinking water; many, including PFOA, PFOS and GenX have been linked to several types of cancers, reproductive problems, low-birth weight and thyroid disorders, among other serious health conditions. They are known as “forever chemicals” because the don’t break down in the environment. Chemours is responsible for contaminating the Lower Cape Fear River Basin with GenX, which is present in the drinking water — both public and private — of hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians.

Chemours will increase its production of PFA for use in the semiconductor industry, according to a press release. It is the only U.S. producer of PFA.

On Sept. 20 and 21, Chemours will hold two public information sessions about its expansions plans. It is still unclear how the company will produce greater amounts of PFA and still comply with discharge and emissions limits that are laid out in the consent order with the state and Cape Fear River Watch. For example, Chemours is required to limit its air emissions of perfluorinated compounds by 99%. The company is also building an underground barrier wall to keep the compounds out of the river. Until the wall is complete, compounds will continue to enter the Cape Fear, albeit in sharply reduced amounts.

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 5-7 p.m.

  • Location: Bladen Community College Auditorium, 7418 NC Hwy 41 West, Dublin

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 5-7 p.m.

  • Location: Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way, Leland

The expansion announcement came a month after an investor call when a Chemours officials predicted recent EPA actions could financially cost the company. Bloomberg Law quoted the company as saying,  “It is reasonably possible that additional costs could be incurred in connection with EPA’s actions, however, we cannot estimate the potential impact or additional cost at this time.”

The EPA tightened its interim health advisory levels of .004 parts per trillion for PFOA and .02 ppt for PFOS in drinking water. Previous advisory levels were far higher, 70 ppt. The EPA also announced last week that it plans to regulate PFAS as hazardous waste under Superfund law, which would place additional restrictions on their disposal.

Load More Related Articles
Load More By Lisa Sorg
Load More In Environment

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

North Carolina’s ranking as the best state in the nation to do business doesn’t square with… [...]

The forest lay still, save for the rustling of leaves of bamboo. It was in a clearing… [...]

Senate Judiciary Committee questions Todd Ishee before voting on his appointment later today. As state senators… [...]

U.S. House Republicans passed a bill Friday to force the White House to make more federal… [...]

January has been yet another warm month in North Carolina and across much of the rest… [...]

Read the story that inspired this John Cole cartoon. The post Emissions. appeared first on NC… [...]

The United States has averaged more than one mass shooting per day since January 2022, but… [...]

There are many factors that go into building and sustaining a strong and healthy democracy: free,… [...]


You may republish this article online or in print under our Creative Commons license. You may not edit or shorten the text, you must attribute the article to The Pulse and you must include the author’s name in your republication.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]


Creative Commons License AttributionCreative Commons Attribution
Chemours plans to expand its Fayetteville Works site, public info sessions scheduled