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Meeting to Update Residents on GenX Testing Dec. 14

Dec 07, 2017

The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners has requested that the North Carolina Departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services hold a community information session on Dec. 14 to update the public about the GenX investigation and water and air quality testing near the Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility in Bladen County.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of Gray’s Creek High School, located at 5301 Celebration Dr. in Hope Mills.

“The Board of Commissioners requested this meeting to ensure our residents are kept well-informed about this very serious issue,” said Chairman Larry Lancaster. “The quality of water in the County is a top priority for the board and we will do everything we can, in conjunction with state agencies, to address the need for safe drinking water.”

State environmental and health officials will at the session to answer questions about sampling efforts; results from initial and expanded rounds of well-water sampling; plans to continue drinking-water well testing; and the status of alternative water solutions.

State officials and Chemours began collecting water samples for testing from drinking water wells Sept. 15 as part of an ongoing GenX investigation. To date, 85 wells have tested above the state’s provisional health goal of 140 parts per trillion.

During initial sampling, 141 wells were sampled and 51 showed concentrations of GenX above the state’s provisional health; 55 wells showed detections below the health goal; and 35 did not show detections of GenX.

In mid-October, at the state’s request, Chemours expanded its sampling to 450 parcels located one mile from the facility’s property line. In late November, DEQ released verified data that showed 107 wells have been sampled. Of those 107 wells, 34 had concentrations of GenX above the state’s provisional health goal, 48 showed detections of GenX below the health goal and 25 wells showed no detections of GenX.

Residents with questions about their water may contact Bud McCarty at NCDEQ at 919-707-8202. For information on the DEQ investigation into GenX, call Jamie Kritzer at 919-707-8602.

More information about the state’s investigation can be found at: https://deq.nc.gov/news/hot-topics/genx-investigation.