CHARLOTTE — The Chemours Co. publicly agreed Friday to cooperate with state agencies, signing off on a partial consent order issued by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. But in a private letter sent from Chemours’ Charlotte law firm to DEQ the same day, the chemical company took a more combative tone, according to the Port City Daily.
The letter, acquired by Port City Daily, accuses the DEQ of “inexplicable secrecy,” as well as “legally improper” and unconstitutional action.
The consent order required Chemours to stop the discharge of two additional chemicals, byproducts of the material Nafion known as polyfluoroalkyl ether sulfonic acids, or PFESAs, the chemicals are similar in several respects to GenX. The order also required Chemours to share proprietary information about its manufacturing practices, closely guarded secrets that state agencies needed to know what they are looking for and how to test for it.
However, the private letter sent to William F. Lane, general counsel for the DEQ, Chemours’ attorney R. Steven DeGeorge outlines several stark accusations against the DEQ.