GenX and Chemours in North Carolina in the News Again


In North Carolina, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has told Chemours to provide bottled water to 11 homeowners (on private wells) near Chemour’s Fayetteville Works plant as concentrations of GenX have exceeded the state’s provisional health goal of 140 parts per trillion. Chemours tested 32 private wells near the plant and 11 were over the threshold. The test results need to be validated and the provision of bottled water is being made out of an abundance of caution.
GenX and other perfluorinated compounds are being found in more and more water systems and private wells across the U.S. The Environmental Protection Agency has established drinking water health advisories for PFOA and PFOS but many additional questions remain on the potential adverse health effects, analytical methods, occurrence and treatment for many other perflourinated compounds.