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Chemours (DuPont) Fayetteville

15-year DEQ Concealment & Cover-up

(updated by T. McKinney on Aug. 14, 2020)

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


DEQ Air concealed GenX, PFAS emissions

Wilmington to Fayetteville Drinking Water Crisis

DEQ hid GenX, PFAS data from scientists and EPA

2004: Government notified of GenX, PFAS pollutants. During DEQ state 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 DEQ official indicated that DuPont's annual written report submitted in 2007 may have been discarded by state 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 DEQ official indicated that DuPont's annual written report submitted in 2010 may have been discarded by state government officials in 2016.

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

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

2012 August: DEQ officials hid GenX and PFAS chemical emissions information from the Science Advisory Board, the media, and the public. DEQ's 2012 report concealed "scrubber" data and state government's knowledge of GenX, PFAS chemical pollutants discharged to the Cape Fear River from the DuPont Fluorochemicals Plant (via the scrubbers).

2013: DuPont's report is not available. A DEQ official indicated that DuPont's annual written report submitted in 2013 may have been discarded by state 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: Numerous DEQ Water managers and supervisors 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 state 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, DEQ officials in Raleigh remained silent and continued to conceal their knowledge of GenX, PFAS pollutants in the Cape Fear River.

2017 June: Public learned of GenX, PFAS pollutants in water from investigative news reports. DEQ officials in Raleigh 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 DEQ over a period of 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: DEQ officials still concealing essential information from the Science Advisory Board, the media, and the public. DEQ Air Quality officials in Raleigh 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 DEQ over a period of nearly 15 years.

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.

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 NC DEQ government officials had access to detailed information describing the discharge of chemical pollutants (GenX and PFAS chemicals) from the Chemours (DuPont) Fluorochemicals Plant (via the scrubbers) into the Cape Fear River.

(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!

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.


NC DEQ concealment and coverup of GenX and PFAS chemicals

The evidence of DEQ 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 state government officials in DEQ 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.

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



NC DEQ concealment and coverup of GenX Chemicals

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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