FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will host an in-person community information meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, in the Crown Theatre, located in the Crown Complex at 1960 Coliseum Drive in Fayetteville. Agency officials will share information and answer questions about how the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly released, lower health advisory for GenX impacts private drinking water well sampling in Cumberland, Bladen, Robeson and Sampson counties.
Along with well sampling information, DEQ’s air, water and waste management divisions will provide additional updates. Officials from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services will provide an overview about potential health effects and ways to reduce exposure.
When: Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Schedule: Registration opens at 5:30 p.m.; meeting begins at 6 p.m.
Where: Crown Theatre in the Crown Complex – 1960 Coliseum Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28306
On June 15, 2022, the EPA set a final lifetime health advisory level for GenX of 10 parts per trillion (ppt), which replaced the state’s provisional drinking water health goal of 140 ppt developed by NCDHHS and adopted in 2018. The Consent Order requires Chemours to provide public water or whole-building filtration for any private drinking water well with a GenX concentration above a health advisory, which is now 10 ppt.
DEQ estimates more than 1,700 additional private well users will now be eligible for whole-building filtration or connection to a public water supply. Of the 1,700 wells, approximately 1,300 are in Cumberland County.
The DEQ press release provides additional information on the state’s meeting. Information for residents in Bladen, Cumberland, Robeson and Sampson counties can be found at: https://deq.nc.gov/news/key-issues/genx-investigation/genx-information-residents. Anyone with questions is encouraged to attend this meeting.
Cumberland County’s Public Information Office will record the meeting and post the video at a later date to the County’s website at cumberlandcountync.gov.