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The Fayetteville Works facility, where Chemours manufactures PFAS or 'forever chemicals.'
Vince Winkel
An effort to order manufacturers of “forever chemicals” to help North Carolina public water systems pay for upgrades to remove contaminants that a company discharged has been renewed in the General Assembly. The House Environment Committee voted Tuesday for the measure pushed by Republican lawmakers from the Wilmington area. That's where longtime upstream discharges of a kind of substance called PFAS into the Cape Fear River have contributed to public utilities spending large amounts to filter them out. Scientific evidence on the heath risks posed to humans by PFAS have accumulated in recent years. The bill certainly could affect The Chemours Co., which runs a plant that had discharged PFAS for decades. A similar bill was debated in 2022.
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