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County Statement on GenX Issue


Brunswick County Statement Following
Meeting with Governor Cooper
           
Bolivia, NC – Frank Williams, Chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners, has released the following statement following this morning’s meeting with Governor Roy Cooper:

“This morning, I joined a bipartisan group of State Legislators and leaders from neighboring counties in a productive meeting with Governor Cooper. I am encouraged by the commitment of the Governor, the Department of Environmental Quality and the Division of Health and Human Services to assessing—and remedying—issues related to our water supply. I am particularly appreciative of the Governor’s insistence that state employees treat the GenX issue as if their own families are drinking the affected water every day. This is the type of leadership we have been looking to the State for, and I am glad that Governor Cooper has heeded our call. While there is still a lot of work to do, I was encouraged by what I heard this morning. Brunswick County remains committed to working with our Local, State and Federal partners on behalf of our citizens.”
Residents are encouraged to visit http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/genx/ for the most up-to-date information.
 
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Results from July 6 Water Testing


Brunswick County GenX Test Results
           
Bolivia, NC – Brunswick County has received additional results of testing for GenX in the water supply. Samples taken on July 6 revealed levels of 85.6 parts per trillion in the Northwest Water Treatment Plant’s raw water source, and 87.l parts per trillion in the finished water source.
 
NC Health and Human Services has established the health goal for exposure to GenX in drinking water at 140 nanograms per liter (also referred to as parts per trillion).
 
These samples were taken before Chemours ceased the discharge of GenX into the Cape Fear River.
 
“We are working closely with our partners at the State of North Carolina to analyze the health and safety of our water supply, and to determine potential corrective actions,” said Ann Hardy, Brunswick County Manager. “We are committed to transparency with any issue related to our water supply, and we will continue to release test results as they become available.  I encourage the public to visit our website and social media channels for up-to-date information.”
 
More information can be found at http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/genx/

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Plans released for Leland Town Center


Developers shared plans this week for a 60-acre project that will be called Leland Town Center, including the center's first tenant and other details.

The first phase of what's planned to be among the largest retail centers in the county will include four buildings. Leland Town Center is eventually expected to hold 250,000-square-feet of commercial space bordered by Ploof Road, U.S. 17 and Ocean Gate Plaza in Leland, said Doug Horack, development partner in Charleston, South Carolina-based Twin Rivers Capital.

To read the complete Wilmington Business Journal article, CLICK HERE.

 




More GenX Water Information


Can we use the water?
 
DHHS does not recommend that the general populations or specific groups stop using the municipal water.  This is based upon the following:
 
  • Levels of GenX in the most recent samples of finished drinking water are near or below the health goal (based on a lifetime of exposure to the most vulnerable population);
  • The levels of GenX are trending downward; and
  • Releases from Chemours are being mitigated.
 
DHHS will continue to review results as they are received from DEQ and make health recommendations accordingly.
 
What do we know about cancer effects for GenX?
 
There are no studies in humans and limited animal studies on cancers related to GenX.  One animal study reported increased rates of specific cancers including pancreatic, liver, and testicular cancer.  Whether or not animal effects will be the same in humans is not known.  Based on conversations with EPA, there is not enough information at this time to identify a specific level of GenX that might be associated with an increased risk for cancer. 
 
What is recommended for people who have had long-term exposure to GenX?
 
The long-term health effects of GenX in humans are not known. Routine preventative medical care is important to identify health conditions early. Please consult your health care provider if you have specific concerns about your health. 

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North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
This information has also been added to www.brunswickcountync.gov/genx, where the County is posting information as we learn it or as new information is released.
 

 




Additional GenX Test Results Received


           
Bolivia, NC – Brunswick County has received additional results of testing for GenX in the water, from samples taken June 29, that showed no detectable level of GenX in treated water from the 211 Water Treatment Plant at 0 parts per trillion and showed levels of 64 parts per trillion in the Northwest Water Treatment Plant’s raw water source.
 
NC DEQ also released results of its testing, showing GenX in finished water from the Northwest Water Treatment Plant at 51 and 52 parts per trillion on the same day as Brunswick County’s raw water sample. NCDEQ also released test results from other days of sampling. (https://deq.nc.gov/state-releases-first-water-quality-data-updated-health-information-genx-cape-fear-river-0)
 
These results follow earlier test results, which showed 32.8 parts per trillion in the finished water from the Northwest Water Treatment Plant in samples taken by Brunswick County. This week, Brunswick County also received test results for 1,4-Dioxane in the water. These results showed less than the smallest detectable level in treated water from the Northwest Water Treatment Plant, but showed 1.3 parts per billion in treated water from the 211 Water Treatment Plant.
 
On Friday, NC Health and Human Services lowered the health goal for exposure to GenX in drinking water to 140 nanograms per liter (also referred to as parts per trillion). Though the health goal number has been lowered, recent testing results in Brunswick County have been and continue to be below this level.
 
“We are committed to continued testing and to sharing information with the public when we receive or learn of it,” said County Manager Ann Hardy. “We know the importance to our customers of having quality water, and we are working with outside engineers and other experts to determine any corrective actions that may be needed or steps that should be taken. While we have confidence in our water, we want to make sure we explore all options available.”

 




Dioxane Testing Results

Brunswick County has received the results of testing of raw and treated water for the chemical 1,4-Dioxane from both the Northwest Water Treatment Plant and the 211 Water Treatment Plant.
 
The Northwest Water Treatment Plant shows levels of 1,4-Dioxane in raw water that are reduced from levels found in 2015, and the treated water shows less than the lowest detectable level (less than 0.028 parts per billion). The 211 Water Treatment Plant shows levels of 1,4-Dioxane at 1.3 parts per billion in the treated water.
 
Attached is a release with additional information about these levels and what they mean. 
 
Amanda Hutcheson
Public Information Officer
Brunswick County
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Bolivia, NC – Testing of Brunswick County's raw and treated water at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant has found 1,4-Dioxane at 1.3 parts per billion in raw water but at less than detectable levels in treated.
 
Testing of water samples taken by Brunswick County on July 5 show the presence of 1,4-Dioxane at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant, which draws water from the Cape Fear River, at less than 0.028 parts per billion (PPB), or less than the lowest detectible level, in the treated water, and at 1.3 PPB in the raw water. Testing of water samples taken by Brunswick County at the 211 Water Treatment Plant, which uses 13 wells to draw water from the Castle Hayne Aquifer, show the presence of 1,4-Dioxane at 1.3 PPB in treated water.

For Full DIOXANE REPORT, CLICK HERE.


For Full Dioxane Map, CLICK HERE.

For Lab Analysis, CLICK HERE.



 




Transportation in Northern Brunswick


Leadership Forum

Description

The District 5 Leadership Forum is intended to provide an opportunity for leaders and residents in northern Brunswick County to stay informed about key issues affecting the area. The program is sponsored by the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and chaired by District 5 County Commissioner Frank Williams, who represents most of northern Brunswick County.
 
Brunswick County
 
JULY 18th PROGRAM: Transportation in Northern Brunswick County
  • Karen Collette, Division Engineer, N.C. Department of Transportation
  • Mike Kozlosky / Suraiya Motsinger, Greater Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization
Date and Time
Tue, July 18, 2017
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM EDT
FREE

Location
The Brunswick Center At Leland
121 Town Hall Drive NE
(At Town Hall and Village Road)
Leland, NC 28451
 
To register click on the link below:
 
. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/district-5-leadership-forum-transportation-in-northern-brunswick-county-tickets-34797113102
 





DOT: Drone Guidelines and Port Growth

RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.

Drone Guidelines
With summer officially here, more and more drone operators are heading outdoors to enjoy the new technology.  An estimated 19,000 North Carolinians own and operate drones.  The North Carolina Department of Transportation, along with the Federal Aviation Administration, have established several safety guidelines that will ensure a fun and safe experience:

  • Always fly below an altitude of 400 feet and fly within your direct line of sight;
  • Do not fly within five miles of an airport;
  • Never fly near emergency response efforts, stadiums, public events or other aircraft;
  • Do not fly drones that weigh more than 55 pounds; and
  • Flying drones at night is not recommended, even if it is equipped with lights. 

“We want to remember to operate our drones in a safe manner,” said Basil Yap, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Manager.  “We want to think about protecting people’s safety as well as their privacy.” 
More information about drone operation and safety is on the NCDOT website.

Growth at N.C. Ports
The North Carolina State Ports Authority Port of Wilmington has doubled its container services in 2017, and is set for unprecedented growth during the new fiscal year, which began July 1. 
The inaugural port call of the Zim Shanghai in June marked the fourth new container service activated at the Port of Wilmington in the last two months.  The Zim service will support the apparel, furniture and hardware industries throughout North Carolina. 
In preparation for the expected growth, North Carolina ports is adding two new container cranes and expanding its container yard. 
Port activities contribute to 76,000 jobs and $700 million each year to the state’s economy. 
More information is on the North Carolina Ports website.
 
Acknowledgements
There were two special acknowledgements this week.  Former General Services Regional Administrator Torre Jessup was sworn-in as Commissioner of the Division of Motor Vehicles.  And, former Greenville Mayor Alan Thomas was named Director of the Global Trans Park in Kinston.


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Visiting Russian Artist



Mr. Konstantin Miroshnik, an accomplished Russian painter and Professor at the Ilya Glazunov Russian Academy of Art, Sculpture and Architecture, will be giving demonstrations and lessons at the LCAC in July. He is an outstanding representative of the traditions of Russian realism and fine art. He precisely picks up light and shadows, adding emotions, temperament and mood, thus making his paintings harmonic and real. Mr. Miroshnik's work has been exhibited around the world including the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 2010, the NY Whitney Museum of American Art in 2012, and Vienna, Austria in 2015. View more of his work here.

Everyone is invited to come and paint or draw with the artist, or simply observe, at no charge. Donations to the FLCAC scholarship are encouraged in lieu of payment to attend.

Dates and times:

July 5th 9am-12pm & 6pm-8:30pm
July 6th: 9am-12pm
July 7th: 10am-2pm
July 20th: 1pm-6pm






State Transportation Survey

 
ADVISORY: Online MetroQuest Survey for NC Public Transportation Strategic Plan
Public Input Welcomed as Strategic Plan is Developed
 
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is working to create the NC Public Transportation Strategic Plan. The public has been invited to participate in an online survey for this Statewide Strategic Plan. The survey can be accessed at https://nctransitplan.metroquest.com/ and will be available until the end of July. Please fill out this survey and pass this information along to your constituents. Thanks and have a happy and safe 4th of July.
 
The N.C. Department of Transportation is developing the Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan to improve bus, rail, and paratransit services across the state by better matching transit services to the needs of North Carolinians. For more information, please visit https://www.ncdot.gov/nctransit/strategicplan/
 
 
Mike Kozlosky
Executive Director
Wilmington MPO
(910) 342-2781

 




Mallory Creek Extension to Open

Ceremony to Open Mallory Creek Drive Extension

LELAND – A ribbon cutting ceremony for the official opening of the Mallory Creek Drive Extension will be held on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony is open to the public and will be attended by elected officials and dignitaries from the Town of Leland and surrounding communities. It will take place at the location where the new connection begins at the Mallory Creek Drive side of the new road.
The extension of Mallory Creek Drive has been eagerly awaited to provide a connection between two thriving Leland communities, Brunswick Forest and Mallory Creek Plantation. The Town believes the road connection can also potentially improve response time for emergency vehicles serving south Leland.



 




County Update on GenX


June 21 Update on GenX and Brunswick County
           
Bolivia, NC – While Brunswick County is encouraged by reports that Chemours will cease discharging the GenX compound immediately, local officials continue to seek additional information about the compound and support state efforts to monitor and investigate the discharge.
 
Late Tuesday, Chemours announced that it would cease discharging wastewater containing GenX, beginning today. Early Wednesday, NC Department of Environmental Quality announced that it would continue with plans to sample and test the water, as well as plans to continue to investigate the issue along with the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
 
This morning, County officials were informed by NCDEQ officials that the agency is going to look into ensuring that Kuraray America discharge will also be investigated and that long-term monitoring for pollutants in the river will be initiated.
 
Kuraray America is another company which produces chemicals, fibers and resin. The company has a plant at the Fayetteville Works Site, where Chemours is also located.
 
Brunswick County is also working with a consultant to investigate potential requests to NCDEQ to protect the water shed not only from GenX, but from other contaminants as well. Brunswick County staff will continue to monitor and update the Board of Commissioners and the public on this issue.
 
More information on GenX and the continuing investigation can be found at www.brunswickcountync.gov/genx. As Brunswick County receives additional or evolving information, this webpage will be updated. 

 




Chemours Press Release on GenX in Water


 
Chemours has issued a press release announcing that the company will take measures to eliminate byproduct GenX wastewater emissions from its Fayetteville site. The release can be viewed online at https://investors.chemours.com/investor-relations/investor-news/press-release-details/2017/Chemours-Announces-Voluntary-Actions-to-Respond--to-North-Carolina-Community-/default.aspx; the text is copied and pasted at the bottom of this email.
 

 




County Has GenX Information Site


Update on GenX and Brunswick County
           
Bolivia, NC – As the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) prepares to start water sampling at twelve locations along the Cape Fear River this week, Brunswick County Public Health officials continue to discuss the potential health effects of GenX with state health officials.
 
Up to this point, the health screening level (the level below which health effects are not expected) has been based upon a study conducted in 2013-2014. The new samples will provide much needed information on the current levels of GenX at key points along the Cape Fear River, including the intake from which Brunswick County receives its raw water.
 
DEQ is acquiring specialized testing equipment and will be taking specific steps to ensure that the samples are not contaminated, and that conditions are maintained to ensure accurate, valid test results. Since river levels and discharges can vary, taking samples in a consistent manner and at the same time of day will help ensure consistency in results.
 
“We are highly supportive of DEQ’s efforts to determine current levels of GenX in the Cape Fear River,” said Cris Harrelson, Brunswick County Health Director. “New sampling data, along with the latest guidance from our state and federal health officials, will provide us with a more accurate picture of the health risks associated with GenX.”
 
More information on GenX and the continuing investigation can be found at www.brunswickcountync.gov/genx.


 
For Immediate Release                                                           Contact: Cris Harrelson
Date: June 19, 2017                                                                Phone: 910 253-2298              

 




Parks Meeting Moved Up A Week - Budget Hearing 6-28


The Parks & Recreation Board meeting has been moved up a week, to Wednesday, June 21 at 6 p.m.

The move was made to accomodate the Town Budget and Economic Development Budget Hearings set for Wednesday, June  28, 2017 at 6 p.m.





Revised Budget Presented to Council


The revised Fiscal Year 2017-18 Town of Leland Budget which was presented to the Town Council on Thursday, June 15, 2017 and will be discussed at a public hearing on Wednesday, June 28th at Town Hall at 6 p.m. Public are welcome to attend.

Here is a link to the revised budget: 2017-2018 BUDGET

 
 




Q&A on What is GENX


Q. What is GENX?

According to DuPont Chemours, GENX is a technology developed to make high-performance polymers used in cabling, cookware non-stick coatings, laptops, cell phones, and a host of similar applications. The processing aid associated with the process is commonly referred to as GENX. GENX replaces the use of PFOA (perflurooctanaic acid).

For complete document from Brunswick County, which includes a link from Rep. David Rouzer: CLICK HERE.

 




Council Proposes Less Tax Increase


LELAND – At their regularly scheduled agenda meeting on Monday, June 12, 2017, the Leland Town Council came to the consensus to lower the overall 2017/18 fiscal year general fund draft budget by approximately $600,000, resulting in a reduction in the proposed ad valorem tax rate increase from nearly 42 percent to 14.6 percent.
The new proposed tax rate would be 21 cents per $100 valuation, which is 5 cents lower than that previously discussed. A tax rate of 21 cents equals a 2.67 cent increase over the current rate of 18.33 cents.

FOR PRESS RELEASE, CLICK HERE.


 




Art at Town Hall 2nd Floor Gallery


Art Reception -- Thursday, June 15 from 5 - 6 p.m.  Meet the artists prior to the Council Meeting (6 p.m.)

The paintings of Jay DeChesere and sculptures of Justin Campbell are on display in the 2nd Floor Gallery of Town Hall (and lobby) for the remainder of June.
Hours 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


www.Jaydechesere-artstudio.com


 




Updated Budget and Economic Development Meeting Wed. June 28


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
FY 2017-18 BUDGET
TOWN OF LELAND, NC
 
The proposed budget of the Town of Leland for FY 2017-2018 has been presented to the Town Council and is available for public inspection in the Town Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays.  There will be a public hearing on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., or shortly thereafter, at the Leland Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Drive, Leland, NC for the purpose of discussing the proposed budget.  Citizens are invited to make written or oral comments.
 
The Town of Leland Council will hold a public hearing on June 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter can be reached, in the Council Chambers located in Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Drive, Leland, NC to hear all persons on the question of whether or not the Town should appropriate funds for the purpose of economic development in the Town’s FY 2017-2018 budget.  The estimated funds to be spent by the Town for economic development during the 2018 fiscal year include $103,353 for staff salaries and benefits, $4,500 for legal and professional fees, $11,050 for advertising/marketing, $3,545 for travel and $4,000 for other operational expenditures.
 
 
Sabrena Reinhardt
Administrative Manager/Town Clerk


 




Town Appeals Permit for H2GO Reverse Osmosis Plant


LELAND – The Leland Town Council, on behalf of the best interest of its citizens and the environment, has appealed the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) issuance of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit to Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer Sanitary District (H2Go) for its proposed Reverse Osmosis water treatment plant.

CLIC K FOR THE NEWS RELEASE
 




On-Street or Clustered Parking Meeting


NOTICE TO PUBLIC
TOWN OF LELAND, NC
 
The public will take notice that the Leland Town Council has called a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Leland Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Drive, Leland, NC to consider a proposed zoning text amendment to Section 22-145(x) On-Street or Clustered Parking Requirements.

Citizens can sign up for or against the hearing matter.  Written comments will be received up to 24 hours prior to the meeting date.

Any questions call (910) 332-4297 or email /allnews/.

The public is urged to attend.

Sabrena Reinhardt, Town Clerk

 




Identity Theft Article


The annual gathering of receipts, W2s and 1099s and the filing of taxes is bad enough. But getting a message from the IRS that someone has already filed under your name has the potential to make any day go from bad to worse.

This form of identity theft occurs when a criminal acquires an individual’s social security number for the purpose of filing a fraudulent tax return. Though certainly not the only form of identity theft, it has been among the most popular in recent years, and this makes it a common cause of concern and conversation, especially during tax time.

Click Here for the Wilmington Biz article. Used by permission from author Patrick Stoy.


 




Budget Hearing Presentation June 1, 2017

On Thursday, June 1st at 6:00 p.m. the Town Council held its annual budget hearing.  This event is held to give the residents an opportunity to learn more about the budget and to provide Council with their input.

Budget Hearing Presentation




Kids' Camp at LCAC


Camp Brunswick for Ages 6 - 12

Campers will explore a variety of art forms throughout the week, such as painting, dance, yoga, pottery, drama and music.