Congressman David Rouzer released the update below following a meeting with Chemours officials:
Last week, I asked to meet with Chemours regarding concerns related to GenX. That meeting occurred this afternoon, and their Washington representative and I discussed all aspects of the issue, including the concerns we all have and the initial steps the affected counties and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority have requested the company take.
The representative from Chemours informed me of the company’s decision to stop discharging GenX into the Cape Fear River as of tomorrow, Wednesday, June 21. This is a good first step. He also informed me that they are pursuing measures to address this issue permanently. During the meeting, I reiterated the need for Chemours to be as transparent as possible with the public. It’s absolutely critical for all parties – Chemours, the Environmental Protection Agency, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, New Hanover County, Brunswick County and my office -- to continue to have an open dialogue and collaborate on best ways to address this issue long-term as quickly as possible.
As you may know, the state is obtaining samples this week to be sent to a lab in Colorado especially equipped for this type of testing. These tests will not yield results for another few weeks. We will continue to share the most up to date information, as we are made aware of it. Please continue to monitor my Facebook page and website (www.rouzer.house.gov) for all information and updates regarding this issue.