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DEQ Concealment & Cover-up

Wilmington to Fayetteville Drinking Water Crisis

(updated by T. McKinney on Aug. 8, 2020)

(DEQ Air concealed reports from Science Advisory Board)

(DEQ Air concealed reports from EPA: Feb. 19, 2020)

The purpose of this web page is to provide information and documents that shed more light on the many years of chemical wastewater discharge into the Cape Fear River of PFAAs, GenX, and PFAS chemicals from the DuPont (now Chemours) Fluorochemicals Plant near Fayetteville, NC.

List of Clues

NC DEQ Concealment & Cover-up

Division of Air Quality bosses concealed reports

Reports concealed from Science Advisory Board and EPA

2004: Government notified of GenX, PFAS pollutants. During government inspection, DuPont official said fluorocarbon chemicals in their wastewater discharged to the river won't break down - they are forever chemicals.

2005: DuPont reported GenX, PFAS chemicals in water. Annual written report to government officials in 2005. Government officials silent and concealing GenX, PFAS pollutants in the water.

2006: DuPont again reported GenX, PFAS chemicals in water. Annual written report to government officials in 2006. Government officials still silent and concealing GenX, PFAS pollutants in the water.

2007: DuPont's report is not available. A government official indicated that DuPont's annual written report submitted in 2007 may have been discarded by government officials in 2016.

2008: DuPont again reported GenX, PFAS chemicals in water. Annual written report to government officials in 2008. Government officials still silent and concealing GenX, PFAS pollutants in water.

2009: DuPont again reported GenX, PFAS chemicals in water. Annual written report to government officials in 2009. Government officials still silent and concealing GenX, PFAS pollutants in water.

2010: DuPont's report is not available. A government official indicated that DuPont's annual written report submitted in 2010 may have been discarded by government officials in 2016.

2011: DuPont's report is not available. A government official indicated that DuPont's annual written report submitted in 2011 may have been discarded by government officials in 2016.

2012: DuPont's report is not available. A government official indicated that DuPont's annual written report submitted in 2012 may have been discarded by government officials in 2016.

2012 August: Government officials misled the Science Advisory Board, the media, and the public. Report concealed government's knowledge of GenX, PFAS chemical pollutants discharged to water from the DuPont Fluorochemicals Plant (via the scrubbers).

2013: DuPont's report is not available. A government official indicated that DuPont's annual written report submitted in 2013 may have been discarded by government officials in 2016.

2014: DuPont again reported GenX, PFAS chemicals in water. Annual written report to government officials in 2014. Government officials still silent and concealing GenX, PFAS pollutants in water.

2015: DuPont again reported GenX, PFAS chemicals in water. Annual written report to government officials in 2015. Government officials still silent and concealing GenX, PFAS pollutants in water.

2016: Chemours (formerly DuPont) again reported GenX, PFAS chemicals in water. Annual written report to government officials in 2016. Government officials still silent and concealing GenX, PFAS pollutants in water.

2016: Government officials notified of "high levels of PFAS" pollutants in the drinking water in Wilmington and counties downstream of the Chemours (formerly DuPont) Fluorochemicals Plant. NCSU researcher notified numerous government officials that the results of chemical analysis of water samples indicate "a large number of people are exposed to high levels of PFASs through their drinking water!" Despite this notification, government officials still silent and concealing their knowledge of GenX, PFAS pollutants in water.

2017 June: Public learned of GenX, PFAS pollutants in water from investigative news reports. Government officials remained silent about their knowledge and concealment of the chemical wastewater from the scrubbers at the Fluorochemicals Plant and the detailed chemical information in DuPont's (Chemours) annual written reports to government over nearly 15 years.

2017: Chemours (formerly DuPont) again reported GenX, PFAS chemicals in water. Annual written report to government officials in 2017. Government officials remained silent about their knowledge and concealment of the chemical wastewater from the scrubbers at the Fluorochemicals Plant and the detailed chemical information in DuPont's (Chemours) annual written reports to government over nearly 15 years.

2017 - 2020: Government officials still concealing essential information from the Science Advisory Board, the media, and the public. Government officials still silent about their knowledge and concealment of the chemical wastewater from the scrubbers at the Fluorochemicals Plant and the detailed chemical information in DuPont's (Chemours) annual written reports to government over nearly 15 years.

Call Gov. Roy Cooper [919-814-2000] and urge him to appoint an independent panel to review government officials' handling of the DuPont (Chemours) Fluorochemicals Plant near Fayetteville.

(How to conceal a large Fluorochemicals Plant)
How to conceal a large Fluorochemicals Plant
No - not the GenX Plant or C8 Plant.

Yes - the Fluorochemicals Plant (via the "scrubbers").
Clue - wrong location!

Note that the scrubbers, which simply transfer the chemical pollutants from air to water, are "control devices" regulated by government officials. As a result of this regulatory responsibility, over a period of nearly 15 years both state and federal government officials had access to detailed information describing the discharge of chemical pollutants (GenX and PFAS chemicals) from the DuPont (Chemours) Fluorochemicals Plant (via the scrubbers) into the Cape Fear River.

Dr. Jamie DeWitt has explained how parents need to be aware that children are especially sensitive to GenX and PFAS chemicals in the drinking water because their bodies are developing. She points out that children consume more water relative to body weight than adults. In addition, children do not excrete chemicals as easily as adults, increasing the chances for contaminants to interfere with a child’s body growth and development, and an increase in the overall risk of serious illness later in life.


Chemours Dupont GenX chemicals and NC DEQ concealment & coverup
Government Coverup - Where was the U.S. EPA?

The evidence of government concealment and cover-up may help explain why many people in Wilmington and other impacted communities down the Cape Fear River still mistakenly believe that the chemicals in their drinking water came from the GenX and C8 Plants. As government officials have known for nearly 15 years, the GenX and PFAS chemical wastewater was discharged from the Fluorochemicals Plant (via the scrubbers). Surprisingly, state and federal government officials have still not given the public an honest explanation of what went wrong.

Call Gov. Roy Cooper [919-814-2000] and urge him to appoint an independent panel to review government officials' handling of the DuPont (Chemours) Fluorochemicals Plant near Fayetteville.

DuPont (Chemours) - Fayetteville, NC

Fluorochemicals Plant and "scrubbers"

PFAAs, PFAS, GenX chemicals

U.S. EPA, North Carolina DEQ cover-up

Information in DuPont's annual reports

Government concealment and cover-up



Dupont GenX chemicals - EPA and NC DEQ coverup - Why?

For nearly 15 years both state and federal government officials had access to detailed information describing the discharge of chemical pollutants (GenX and PFAS chemicals) from the DuPont (Chemours) Fluorochemicals Plant (via the scrubbers) into the Cape Fear River. Surprisingly, there has never been an independent, bipartisan, and transparent investigation of what went wrong with the state and federal governments' handling of the DuPont (Chemours) Fluorochemicals Plant that caused the Wilmington to Fayetteville Drinking Water Crisis.

Call Gov. Roy Cooper [919-814-2000] and urge him to appoint an independent panel to review government officials' handling of the DuPont (Chemours) Fluorochemicals Plant near Fayetteville.

NC DEQ 15-year Concealment & Coverup
Where was U.S. EPA during the 15-year Coverup?
How to conceal a large Fluorochemicals Plant

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