Manufacturer of GenX facing lawsuits on all fronts


And the latest by SELC for Cape Fear River Watch is a doozie:

The Southern Environmental Law Center is representing Cape Fear River Watch in the lawsuit, which was filed in the US District Court in Raleigh yesterday. The litigation alleges that Chemours and DuPont, its parent company, for decades have illegally discharged the chemicals not only into the Cape Fear River, but also the groundwater and air; these actions violate of the company’s federal discharge permit, the Clean Water Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act, the court filing says.

The SELC and Cape Fear River Watch are asking the court to force Chemours to stop all inadvertent discharges, to declare the company has violated environmental laws, and to assess penalties ranging from up to $37,000 per day to $52,000 day. Over years of violations, the penalties could accumulate to total millions of dollars.

Money is the only language these companies speak, and hefty court judgments are proving to be the only way to stop them from poisoning us. Here's the complaint itself, and it appears the contamination is much worse than has been commonly reported:

By the time Petitioner submitted its request to DEQ on May 7, 2018, GenX had been found in at least 690 private wells up to 5.5 miles away from the facility's border, in levels as high as 4,400 ppt, 28 times the state's health goal of 144 ppt, and 400 times GenX's applicable groundwater standard, or 10 ppt. Robeson County's health inspector has stated that the presence of GenX in Robeson County likely indicates that Chemours' contamination has spread into the Lumber River basin and even the Pee Dee River in South Carolina.

To put it bluntly, this stuff is nasty. And it's not only waterborne, it's also airborne. It took a while to figure that second part out, when it kept showing up in places it shouldn't, where no possible groundwater route could occur. But it turns out, water is one of the final components that make up the GenX compound, and when airborne emissions from the plant came into contact with water vapor, presto. The clouds themselves began to manufacture GenX. If that doesn't freak you out just a little bit, read it again.