Chemours: Stop Contaminating Our Drinking Water and Pay For the Impacts
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Stop the Chemours Company from dumping toxic chemicals into the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of citizens.
Start holding Chemours, DuPont, and Kuraray accountable for 37 years of poisoning our river.
The Cape Fear River is the drinking water source for most of the Lower Cape Fear Region. Recent analysis of treated drinking water shows the presence of perfluorinated compounds, including GenX, at levels that are unsafe, according the the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
DuPont, Kuraray, and DuPont spin-off Chemours have, by their own admission, discharged perfluorinated compounds including GenX into the Cape Fear River above the drinking water intakes for approximately 300,000 men, women, and children since 1980.
DuPont has acknowledged the toxicity of GenX in 16 separate reports filed under the Toxic Substances Control Act, and perfluorinated compounds, in general, have been linked to numerous negative health impacts. This conduct by DuPont, Kuraray, and Chemours is unethical and shameful, and has endangered the health of hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians.
Clean water is a universal right, and those that pollute water resources should be held accountable for their actions. We the undersigned demand that DuPont, Kuraray, and Chemours respond NOW to provide:
- Commitment to Permanently End Contamination: Chemours should make a public commitment to permanently end the discharge of GenX and other hazardous chemicals into the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians.
- Continued Testing: Chemours should pay for ongoing monthly testing of outfalls at the site for two years to assure the public that discharges have ended.
- Science Panel: DuPont, Kuraray, and Chemours should pay for an independent science panel to look at exposure risks associated with GenX and other chemicals that have been discharged into the Cape Fear River from their manufacturing sites. The panel should be independently appointed, and panelists should have no ties to DuPont, Kuraray, or Chemours. The panel should consider compounding factors due to heavy industry in the Cape Fear River basin and should also look at exposures to communities that are particularly vulnerable, including pregnant women, infants, and children. A similar panel in the Greater Mid-Ohio Valley found that C-8, similar in composition to GenX, is linked to pregnancy-induced hypertension (including preeclampsia), kidney cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, and diagnosed high cholesterol. Findings should be made public and bilingual mailers should be sent to all customers of drinking water providers who use Cape Fear River water from intakes downstream of the DuPont/Kuraray/Chemours discharge.
- Health Monitoring: If an independent science panel or other emerging data and information connects DuPont/Kuraray/Chemours discharges to potential health impacts, the companies should pay for a health monitoring program for residents who could suffer health impacts. The program should offer free, ongoing medical screenings for diseases found to be connected to GenX and other hazardous chemicals discharged by DuPont, Kuraray, and Chemours into the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians. All customers of drinking water providers who use Cape Fear River water from intakes downstream of the DuPont/Kuraray/Chemours discharge should be notified of the program through bilingual mailers.
- System Upgrades to Drinking Water Providers: DuPont/Kuraray/Chemours should pay for system upgrades to the public water utilities to ensure drinking water is safe. Community members deserve to know that their water is being treated to the full extent possible and that they will be safe in the event of future discharges, leaks, or spills from DuPont/Kuraray/Chemours.
- Interim Safe Drinking Water: If contaminants form the DuPont/Kuraray/Chemours discharge are found in treated drinking water DuPont/Kuraray/Chemours should provide safe drinking water for impacted community members, free of charge, until contaminants are no longer found in their treated drinking water.