North Carolina Issues Air Permit for Chemours to Install Thermal Oxidizer to Reduce PFAS Emissionsby Andrew Whiteman
On March 14, 2019, The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (“DAQ”) issued a permit to The Chemours Company FC, LLC (“Chemours”) for the installation and operation of a thermal oxidizer/scrubber system to reduce air emissions of PFAS and GenX at Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility. The permit incorporates the requirements of the consent order agreed to by DAQ and Chemours and approved by Judge Douglas B. Sasser in Bladen County Superior Court on February 25, 2019. The permit and requires Chemours to install the thermal oxidizer by December 31, 2019 and reduce all PFAS emissions by 99%.
The permit requires the installation of the thermal oxidizer/scrubber system and the continued operation of the two carbon absorbers installed in May of 2018. Initial testing is required within 90 days of installation to confirm the 99% emission reduction. Continuous monitoring systems and annual testing are required to verify compliance with the permit conditions. The permit also requires the facility to operate under an Enhanced Leak Detection and Repair program.
The final permit and related documents can be found on DAQ’s website.