The public deserves transparency. Local businesses deserve a path forward that protects their livelihood. Everyone deserves social justice from corporate polluters and the deficiencies in governmental regulations that adversely impact our right to clean water. We're partnering with key stakeholders in the community to channel public outrage into actionable, focused efforts that target immediate change in the quality of our drinking water.
Request Public Hearing on Chemours' Permit
Chemours can discharge pollutants if approved via a permit reviewed by the N.C Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) through the National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES), which is a part of the Clean Water Act.
Permits must be renewed every five years.
DEQ received Chemours renewal application May 3. 2016.
It sat in backlog at DEQ (NOTE: our state needs to fund DEQ more)
Chemours' permit then expired in October.
BUT, Chemours can legally keep discharging until their submitted NPDES application is either approved or denied.
30-day Public Comment period for this permit has not yet been published by DEQ - KEEP AN EYE ON THIS SITE FOR POSTING BY DEQ.
IN THE MEANTIME, REQUEST A PUBLIC HEARING:
It is up to the discretion of the DEQ Director as to whether a public hearing will be held
To request a hearing on a NPDES permit, write to:
Director of the Division of Water Resources
N.C. Division of Water Resources
1617 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1617
Call your legislators and ask them to Support Gov. Cooper's request for $2.58 million in Emergency Funds for DEQ:
NC Senate representing counties with contaminated drinking water:
Mike Lee: (New Hanover): 919 715 2525
Bill Rabon: (Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender): 919 733 5963
Danny Earl Britt, Jr. (Columbus): (919) 733 5651
General Assembly members representing counties with contaminated drinking water:
Frank Iler (Brunswick): 919 301 1450
Deb Butler (Brunswick, New Hanover) 919 733 5754
Ted Davis (New Hanover): 919 733 5786
Holly Grange (New Hanover): 919 733 5830
Chris Millis (Pender): 919 715 9664
Brendan Jones: (Columbus): 919 733 5821
Write a Letter
We don't think it's okay to discharge toxic chemicals into our drinking water supply and not tell anyone you are doing it. We also feel investors need to know how the irresponsible governance of DuPont/Chemours has personally impacted your health, your family, your personal finances, and/or your business. It's time to tell your story. Send a letter to the editor at one (or all) of these financial news outlets.
Financial Times: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Economist: email@example.com
The Wall Street Journal: firstname.lastname@example.org (included city/state)
Bloomberg: email@example.com (no attachments)
Seeking Alpha: click here
Reuters: click here
CNBC: firstname.lastname@example.org (use OP-ED in subject line)
CNN Money: email@example.com