Chemours assessed $ 300,000 for air emissions violations
Chemours Co.’s Fayetteville Works plant is penalized by more than $ 300,000 by the state for exceeding the annual GenX plant-wide air emissions limit.
The air quality division of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality announced Monday that the state had imposed penalties of $ 305,611 in recent enforcement action against Chemours.
“The DEQ holds Chemours accountable and ensures that it meets the requirements of its license at all times,” said the secretary of the DEQ Elizabeth S. Biser in a report. “They must respect their obligations to reduce the impacts of PFAS on their neighbors in the community. “
Under the facility’s emissions requirements air permit, Chemours must demonstrate that it meets the GenX emission limit of 23,027 pounds per year, using a rolling 12 month calculation. That limit equates to a 99% reduction in GenX emissions in 2017, officials said.
Although the license expiration date was March 31, the license remained in effect under state law due to Chemours’ timely filing for license renewal, the state said. GenX’s excessive issuance in March resulted in the non-compliance with 12-month rolling limits for the seven months from March to September 2021.
Based on information reviewed by the Air Quality Division as part of its investigation, including the results of chimney tests and Chemours’ written response to the Notice of Violation and Notice of Recommendation application of the division, at a minimum, DAQ has determined the carbon absorber The unit has not been properly operated or maintained from the date of the stack test of March 9 until the date of change of carbon in the carbon adsorption unit on April 6.
The total number of operating days during this period is 26 days.
The division issued the civil penalties assessment based on the provisions of the installation permit and the agency’s enforcement legal authority. The annual GenX air emissions limit in the consent order entered by the Department of Environment Quality, Chemours and Cape Fear River Watch was in effect until the division issued an equal or stricter limit in the license.
“Yesterday’s announcement by DEQ concerns a problem that arose almost six months ago and which was quickly corrected” Lisa Randallthe regional communications manager with Chemours told Coastal Review.
“Chemours informed DEQ of the unexpected and temporary increase in air emissions, and we quickly returned the emission levels to their normal very low levels.”
The Civil Sanctions Assessment describes the series of actions Chemours will take for continued and longer-term improvements. A copy of the assessment and related data is available in line.