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Statement from Chairman Olson-Boseman on recent Chemours publicity

Below is a statement from New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman regarding recent Chemours advertisements:

Good neighbors take care of each other. We respect each other’s property and strive to help each other.

We certainly wouldn’t knowingly dump toxic chemicals into our neighbors’ drinking water for decades, reap huge profits and refuse to pay to clean up our messes, then walk around the neighborhood bragging about how good we are. a great neighbor.

Chemours, which has run a misleading advertising campaign in recent weeks calling itself a good neighbor because it has taken steps to protect the environment, is now doing just that. Let’s be clear: Chemours is the corporate equivalent of neighbor playing loud music, blocking your driveway, and dumping trash on your lawn.

Since the discovery of GenX and other emerging contaminants in our drinking water system became public knowledge in 2017, New Hanover County and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority have pushed Chemours to voluntarily clean up the mess they caused. .

A good neighbor would have done it with alacrity. Instead, Chemours hesitated for years and will now only take action because, after strong advocacy from New Hanover County and our partners, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality included the county in a consent order that requires Chemours to provide private well testing. and remediation.

A good neighbor would have willingly paid to upgrade drinking water systems to filter out the chemicals they dumped into our environment. Instead, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority undertook upgrades costing nearly $50 million and is suing Chemours to recoup the costs.

A good neighbor would have voluntarily taken steps to prevent contamination in the future. As the adverts suggest, they have invested in systems to keep pollutants out of the Cape Fear River. But only after being forced into it by the NC Department of Environmental Quality.

A good neighbor willfully and happily refuses the music, drives their car out of your driveway, and cleans up the dumped trash on your lawn. They don’t wait until you call the police to force them to be a better neighbor.

We hope the Chemours ad campaign falls on deaf ears, as New Hanover County residents know they are not good neighbors.

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