State orders Chemours to provide bottled water to 34 more well owners

Test results released Monday by the NC Department of Environmental Quality measured concentrations of GenX, PFOA and PFOS at Chemours’ wastewater discharge outfall and five drinking water treatment plants in the Lower Cape Fear.
The latest round of surface water results includes testing for an expanded list of chemical compounds.
Of those, only PFOA, PFOS and GenX have established health goals.
State officials also released the latest results of private well testing near Chemours and DEQ has directed the company to provide bottled water to 34 more well owners near the company’s Fayetteville Works facility.
Preliminary test results from the company’s expanded sampling show GenX above the state’s provisional health goal in residential drinking wells.
Of those sampled, the state has verified results for 107 wells that were tested Oct. 11-19 and 48 showed detections of GenX below the health goal.
The expanded sampling will include more than twice as many wells as the sampling conducted by Chemours and DEQ.
Both counties and the state are looking into several long-term water solutions, including digging deeper wells, installing water filters on homes or running water lines to residents whose wells tested above the state’s drinking water health goal.
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