Judicial Watch: Chemours Agrees to Clean Up GenX

Judicial Watch: Chemours Agrees to Clean Up GenX

A proposed court order would require GenX manufacturer Chemours to clean up its pollution, provide clean water for communities whose supplies have been contaminated, and pay a heavy $13 million fine.

The proposed consent order has been filed in state court by the parties to a lawsuit brought to require Chemours to take effective action on its water pollution — the company itself, the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and citizen community groups represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC). The order includes specific requirements for cleanup, ongoing pollution control, further research, and civil penalties.

“This agreement starts us down the path to a cleaner Cape Fear and safer drinking water by keeping Chemours’ air pollution and contaminated water from leaving its site,” said Geoff Gisler, senior SELC attorney, who represents the Cape Fear River Watch in the case. “After decades of unchecked pollution from the Chemours’ facility, this order is a step forward in restoring the Cape Fear and protecting communities and families downstream.”

The order may be adopted by the state Superior Court in which the case is being heard, after a 30-day public comment period. Stay tuned for more information about your chance to have your voice heard on this order.

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