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Discharge permit requires Chemours remove 99.9% of PFAS

Sep 20, 2022

A draft discharge permit announced earlier this year for a treatment system to remove contaminants from groundwater on the Chemours Fayetteville Works site met opposition, but the final permit announced last week has been well-received, for the most part, by environmental advocates.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Resources issued the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES, permit Thursday for a granular activated carbon, or GAC, filtration treatment system. The system is to treat groundwater, surface water and stormwater contaminated by perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances before it can reach the Cape Fear River, a drinking water source for hundreds of thousands in the Wilmington area. 
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