Cumberland County to hire firm related to Chemours GenX contamination

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Cumberland County is taking steps toward potential legal action against a company that makes a compound linked to the contamination of hundreds of wells in the southern part of the county.

The county’s Board of Commissioners voted unanimously at its meeting Monday to direct the county attorney to work on a contract to hire a law firm to represent the county. Commissioner Michael Boose was not at the meeting.

The law firm would represent the county if commissioners decide to take action against Chemours, a chemical company that runs a plant in Bladen County near the Cumberland County line. Chemours officials did not immediately respond Monday to an email seeking comment.

The county has scheduled a press conference for noon Monday to discuss the issue. Commissioner Jeannette Council said earlier that the county is willing to go to court over the issue.

Board Chairman Charles Evans said before the press conference that hiring a law firm was something the county “probably should’ve done a long time ago.”

County Attorney Rick Moorefield told commissioners at the meeting that he planned to have a contract for the commissioners to consider at their agenda session Thursday. Moorefield said during the meeting that the commissioners had directed him during a closed meeting to contact a law firm related to the contamination issue in southern Cumberland County.

He said he’s been in contact with the law firm of Crueger Dickinson about the issue for the past two years. He told the commissioners he recommended hiring the Wisconsin-based firm. 

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