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DEQ Demands GenX Data From Chemours

RALEIGH – Department of Environmental Quality officials are giving Chemours Co. two weeks to provide data on tests and information related to GenX, the compound the company has discharged into the Cape Fear River, WRAL.com reported.

Chemours’ plant is part of the Fayetteville Works industrial park in Bladen and Cumberland counties.

DEQ gave the company an additional week to provide data on other related chemicals known as “emerging contaminants.”

The state is also looking into the possibility of airborne releases of GenX, the Fayetteville Observer reported.

A company spokesman said Chemours is working with officials at the local, state and federal levels “to determine the appropriate next steps.”

Meanwhile, DEQ officials have directed Chemours to provide bottled water to 11 homeowners near the company’s Fayetteville Works facility after the company’s preliminary test results showed GenX above state health goals in residential drinking wells.

DEQ and Chemours started testing residential wells near the facility after GenX was detected in 13 industrial, non-drinking water wells on the facility’s property. Chemours is testing the private wells for GenX. DEQ is testing private wells near the facility also, but in addition to testing for GenX, the state agency is also testing for two other fluorinated compounds, PFOA and PFOS. The state agency is testing for the three fluorinated compounds because they all have established health goals. The state expects its test results in the coming weeks.

“We want to make sure people with elevated concentrations of GenX in their wells have an immediate alternative water source,” said Michael Regan, DEQ secretary. “Making sure people have clean drinking water is our top priority.”

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