Ch. 1: Inspect & Study Dupont Fayetteville (1999-2000)
Beautiful setting on the Cape Fear River in Bladen County;
Fascinating and complex organic chemistry; and
Forthcoming employees at the plant.
Ch. 2: Growing Concern (2001-2003)
Efforts to identify individual chemicals reported non-specifically as volatile organic compounds (VOCs);
Questions about new APFO manufacturing operation at Dupont Fayetteville site;
Growing concern about PFOA (also known as C8) in West Virginia and Ohio from a similar Dupont plant on the Ohio River;
Growing concern about unregulated pollutants at Dupont Fayetteville Works; and
Focus on PFOA (C8) in technical journals.
Ch. 3: Startling Development (2004)
Surprising information from 09/24/2004 inspection - PFOA (C8) detected in groundwater monitoring well;
Concerns about wastewater treatment plant;
Fate of fluorocarbons in wastewater;
Fate of fluorocarbons in the Cape Fear River; and
Shifting the focus to Nafion Vinyl Ethers (Fluorochemicals Plant).
Ch. 4: Communicating about Complex Facilities (2005)
Presentation at EPA Conference held in RTP, NC (April 2005);
Butacite vs. Nafion vs. APFO - where to focus attention;
Unlisted pollutants vs. listed pollutants;
West Virginia and Ohio news reports about PFOA (C8) in water and air;
Fayetteville news reports about PFOA (C8); and
Meeting in Raleigh on September 23, 2005 (between Agency and Dupont).
Ch. 5: Silenced - Highly Unusual (after meeting between Agency and Dupont on Sept. 23, 2005)
Inspector excluded from all responsibilities and meetings related to Dupont; and
No explanation, No discussion or communication.
Note 1: Inspector left the Agency in 2006.
Fayetteville Observer: Something in the Water: Are We Next?
Note 2: It appears that most of the participants in the September 23, 2005 meeting between the Agency and Dupont have retired.