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GenX Discovered in Rainwater at UNCW

RALEIGH — University of North Carolina Wilmington researchers have found trace amounts of GenX in rainwater on campus, WRAL.com reported.

GenX chemical structure

A university scientist told state legislators Wednesday about the discover during a meeting of the House Select Committee on North Carolina River Quality.

The concentration of GenX, a product of Chemours in Bladen County used to make Teflon, was about 25 parts per trillion, well under the state’s health goal for the compound of 140 parts per trillion.

Researcher Robert Kieber told the committee that the Chemours plant, 70 miles away from UNCW, is the likely source of the discovery. Kiebert said he believes the substance is widespread.

The state Department of Environmental Quality is testing air from Chemours’ smokestacks with results expected early next month.

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