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Chemours Cited for Improper Waste Disposal

The state Department of Environmental Quality has issued to Chemours Co. a notice of violation and intent to enforce for failing to properly dispose of soil and yard waste from its Fayetteville Works facility.

DEQ announced the citation Thursday, stating in the release that an investigation earlier this month found that Chemours did not test for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, contamination before disposing several loads of soil and other yard waste from its Fayetteville Works facility into Hunts Construction LCID Landfill, an unlined landfill in Fayetteville.

“We will not tolerate irresponsible actions or attempts to cut corners that risk further impacts to the surrounding communities and to water quality,” said DEQ Secretary Michael S. Regan.

DEQ has directed as a result of the investigation Chemours to remove the soil and root material from the landfill as well as the surrounding soil in the landfill as a precaution.

Chemours must also submit a plan to DEQ within 15 days of this violation describing removal activities and final disposal, and a plan outlining future steps to ensure proper waste disposal. DEQ is considering a recommendation for the assessment of a civil penalty, DEQ officials said.

“There is well-documented and pervasive PFAS contamination at the Chemours facility, including soil data showing PFAS contamination in areas near the site location from where the soil was taken and disposed of at the landfill,which is authorized to accept uncontaminated land clearing and inert debris,” according to DEQ. “By failing to perform analytical testing of the yard waste and soil for PFAS prior to transport and disposal at the referenced landfill, Chemours failed to ensure proper disposal of its solid waste in violation of 15A NCAC 13B.”

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