GenX Water Investigation

  DEQ secretary on proposed Chemours consent order: ‘It’s a very strong first step’

Attorney says class action GenX lawsuit ‘a good step’

DEQ says Chemours order enough to help Cape Fear region with GenX problem

New Hanover Co. wells tested for bacteria after flooding caused by Hurricane Florence

CFPUA director expects DEQ to add conditions in proposed consent order that would protect New Hanover water customers

CFPUA responds to state’s agreement with Chemours over GenX in drinking water

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  CFPUA expects to reduce PFAS levels in drinking water by end of month

EPA releases first-ever toxicity assessments for GenX, related chemicals

Three new PFAS compounds discovered in treated water at CFPUA facility

’I was livid all over again’: Blood tests in GenX Exposure Study come back positive for PFAS

Researchers to hold public meeting about GenX blood test results in New Hanover Co.

Rate of birth defects higher in some southeastern NC counties

CFPUA begins process to reduce PFAS levels in drinking water

In an effort to reduce levels of PFAS in drinking water, staff from Calgon Carbon are at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant this week replacing carbon filters.

CFPUA: Your water bill will eventually go up $5 to cover facility filter upgrades

Jim Flechtner, CFPUA executive director, led the information session about PFAS and the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant.

CFPUA hosting series of meetings about GenX, contaminants

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority will have four meetings to discuss the next steps in addressing GenX and other PFAs

Cleaning up its act: Chemours breaks ground on $100 million plant to reduce emissions

Chemours leaders broke ground on a $100 million plant they say will reduce emissions by 99 percent or more.

DHHS: GenX not detected in blood, urine samples from 30 Fayetteville residents

CFPUA schedules four community forums to discuss GenX, water filtration systems

CFPUA moves forward with designing new system to filter out GenX and other compounds

In letter to governor, New Hanover Co. rep asks: 'What does Chemours have to hide?'

DEQ to host public info session on GenX

EPA to host forum on GenX, other compounds in Fayetteville Tuesday

  Saffo, White respond after Chemours declines public meeting

Chemours declined a public meeting and instead offered local leaders a tour of its Fayetteville Works plant, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and New Hanover Co. Board Chairman Woody White said Monday.

CFPUA releases latest results from testing for GenX

GenX levels in finished water samples at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant increased to 33.3 parts per trillion on July 2, according to a Cape Fear Public Utility Authority news release.

Local leaders send letter to Chemours; NHC commissioner Watkins 'sick and tired' of company's silence

Wilmington leaders have once again invited officials from the Chemours Company to join them for a discussion on chemicals in our drinking water.

Bladen County leaders double down in support for Chemours

Citing the company's importance to the local economy, Bladen County leaders have again voiced support for Chemours in emails sent to the NC Department of Environmental Quality.

State says Chemours' filter systems offer is premature

State officials say Chemours was premature with its offer to install and maintain granular activated carbon filtration systems at homes around the company's Fayetteville Works Plant in Bladen County that have tainted well systems.  Michael Scott, the Director of the Division of Waste Management with the NCDEQ who wrote to residents regarding the company's offer, said Chemours acted before the state's study on the system is completed.

Chemours offers filters to owners of tainted water wells

State Department of Environmental Quality spokeswoman Bridget Munger said Chemours is acting without consulting the agency.

Health officials to test blood, urine of residents living near Chemours' Fayetteville Works site

Federal, state, and county officials will test the blood and urine of up to 30 residents living near Chemours' Fayetteville Works facility for the presence of GenX and 16 other per- and polyfuloroalkyl substances.

Southern Environmental Law Center files lawsuit calling for DEQ action on GenX

The Southern Environmental Law Center filed a lawsuit in New Hanover County Superior Court calling on the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to use its authority to require the Chemours Company to immediately stop all discharge of GenX and other chemically related compounds from its Fayetteville Works facility.

Chemours has new contact person for bottled water distribution

Residents in Bladen, Cumberland and Robeson counties have a new contact for bottled water issues related to GenX, an unregulated compound discharged into the Cape Fear River by the Chemours Company at its Fayetteville Works site.

Comment period on proposed court order against Chemours ends July 11

A 30-day public comment period for the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality's proposed order against Chemours will end on July 11.

CFPUA using $450K from NC bill to sample, test for contaminants

A bill that provides funding for water quality-related efforts includes $450,000 for the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. In a news release, CFPUA said the money will be used for water sampling and testing of treatment technology to address PFAS and other contaminants in drinking water.

GenX found in fish in lake near Chemours plant

GenX was found in fish in a lake less than a mile from the Chemours plant in Bladen County, according to a new study conducted by the Department of Environmental Quality.

CFPUA waiting on response from Dept. of Environmental Quality

Shortly after a new toxicological report on perfluorinated compounds was released last week by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority contacted two state agencies for additional information. One responded. The other hasn't.

New toxicological profile revises minimum risk levels of compounds in water

CFPUA said it will contact the NC Department of Health and Human Services "for guidance on the new levels and their implications for drinking water."

Chemours holds public meeting, but many residents call it a waste of time

The Chemours Company's first meeting with the public since the discovery of GenX in the Cape Fear River left many of those who showed up disappointed.

GenX costs near $2 million for CFPUA. Here's the breakdown.

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has spent nearly two million dollars in response to the revelation that the chemical GenX is present in the water system that serves thousands in our area. We're getting a better breakdown of how that money has been allocated.

DEQ files new proposed court order against Chemours

According to an NCDEQ news release, the order requires Chemours to implement numerous measures to eliminate or reduce air emissions and water impacts caused by GenX and related compounds.

UNCW professor: 'Chemours should pay' for water filtration system

Dozens of community members gathered to ask a team of experts questions about the potential effects of GenX and what is being done to learn more about the chemical.

Judge rules CFPUA can test for compounds at Chemours’ Fayetteville Works site

A federal judge has ruled that Cape Fear Public Utility Authority be allowed to test for chemical compounds at The Chemours Company's Fayetteville Works site.

After long silence, Chemours touts plan to cut GenX emissions

Officials with the chemical firm that for decades released unregulated contaminants into the air and water near its Bladen County plant say they are committed to being good neighbors and responding to the concerns of nearby residents.

Chemours to hold 'community information session' in St. Pauls

The Chemours Company will hold a community information session in St. Pauls on June 12 "to share its comprehensive plan to address emissions control in the short and long-term at the Fayetteville Works facility."

Chemours says carbon adsorption units installed at plant to reduce GenX air emissions

Chemours has installed carbon adsorption units at its Fayetteville Works in an effort to reduce the emission of GenX in the air, the company announced Tuesday.

Latest Brunswick Co. results show lowest GenX levels since testing started

Recent test results of Brunswick County's water show the lowest levels of GenX since testing began.

EPA to establish toxicity level for GenX, other contaminants

The Environmental Protection Agency says it will establish toxicity levels for GenX and other chemicals in the water.

Campaign donation crops up from Chemours' head lobbyist

A political action committee tied to GenX manufacturer Chemours gave a maximum contribution to House Speaker Tim Moore last month, one day after a company lobbyist made a small donation to the PAC.

Chemours claims it will reduce airborne GenX emission by 99 percent

In its response to a 60-day notice from the NC Division of Air Quality, the Chemours Company says it plans to spend $100 million to upgrade its Fayetteville Works facility.

Environmental lawyers ask DEQ to stop Chemours' GenX emissions, threaten with federal lawsuits

Nearly 100,000 pounds per year of airborne GenX and PFAS are released into the atmosphere from the Chemours' Fayetteville Works facility, according to analysis by DEQ cited in the legal paperwork.

Report: EPA says no GenX found in West Virginia, Ohio water treated by carbon filters

The EPA found no detectable levels of Gen X in treated drinking water from contaminated wells in Ohio and West Virginia, according to a report this week.

NC State researchers present findings of New Hanover Co. tap water study

Citizens from 198 New Hanover County homes volunteered to participate in this GenX exposure study.

GenX researchers to unveil tap water results from New Hanover homes

A team of researchers from NC State University will unveil initial tap water testing results from the GenX exposure study at a public meeting in New Hanover County Tuesday night.

Levels of GenX remain in single digits in latest Brunswick Co. water tests

In samples taken on March 22, GenX levels in the Northwest Water Treatment Plant were 7.15 parts per trillion in raw water and 5.93 parts per trillion in finished or treated water.

DEQ files amended complaint against Chemours over GenX air emissions

As part of the state's investigation into GenX contamination at the Bladen County facility and surrounding areas, DEQ scientists have discovered evidence that air emissions from the Chemours plant are causing widespread groundwater contamination.

State officials warn Chemours of pending air emissions restrictions

The NC Division of Air Quality (DAQ) on Friday moved to require Chemours to demonstrate within three weeks that GenX air emissions at its Fayetteville Works facility can be controlled at a level that will halt contributions to groundwater violations.

Brunswick County releases latest GenX numbers

Levels of GenX in Brunswick County's water supply remain well below the state's recommended health goal, according to the latest test results.

NC environmental leader on requests to stop production of GenX: 'I share the frustration'

Michael Regan, secretary for the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), responded to questions on Wednesday about how DEQ is responding to city, county, and water utility demands that state regulators force Fayetteville Works tenants, including Chemours, to stop manufacturing the family of compounds that includes GenX.

Tests show GenX found in several Robeson County wells

A county health director in North Carolina says nearly all the wells tested in his county had a chemical compound that might cause cancer.

GenX found in rainwater samples collected near Chemours site

The NC Division of Air Quality announced Friday that analysis of rainwater samples recently collected near the Chemours facility show varying levels of GenX.

GenX found in rainwater at UNCW

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington found trace amounts of GenX in rainwater on campus, a university scientist told state legislators Wednesday.

Chemours reports spill two days after DEQ notice of violation

According to a Chemours email sent Feb. 14, a trailer offloading wastewater at the company's Fayetteville Works site spilled 10 gallons of material that may have contained GenX onto the ground.

Brunswick Co. testing reverse osmosis treatment at water plant

The pilot system, a scaled down version of LPRO technology, will be used to evaluate how effective reverse osmosis is at removing target contaminants, such as GenX, from drinking water.

DEQ orders Chemours to control additional sources of GenX

A notice of violation ordering Chemours to immediately take measures to control additional sources of GenX and other prefluorinalted compounds from its Fayetteville Works site was issued Monday, the NC Department of Environmental Quality has announced.

Chemours reports two more GenX spills at plant

Chemours has reported two more GenX spills in recent weeks at its Fayetteville Works facility.

North Carolina Senate panel agrees to GenX bill

Democrats on the committee complained there wasn't money designed to help the NC Department of Environmental Quality address a backlog in permitting and testing

Senators introduce bill to provide experts, equipment to improve water affected by GenX

Four state senators, including two from local counties, have introduced a bill that would make scientists, equipment and other resources available to research ways to improve water affected by GenX and emerging contaminants.

CFPUA says labs now testing for two other compounds in water

According to a Monday afternoon CFPUA update, the commercial labs testing water samples for unregulated compounds like GenX can now screen for Nafion byproducts 1 and 2. In August 2017, Environmental Protection Agency scientists told the state they identified the byproducts in Chemours' waste stream near its Fayetteville Works site.

CFPUA: GenX levels well below state health goal at Sweeney Plant

Recent water sample testing at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant reveals GenX levels to be below the state health goal, according to a Thursday afternoon email from the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.

GenX concentrations in Brunswick Co. remain below state's health goal

GenX concentrations in Brunswick County continue to stay below the state's recommended health goal level, according to data provided by officials Thursday.

GenX levels rise 16 times above state health goal at Chemours outfall

A news release from the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority on Wednesday stated that GenX, a contaminant released into the Cape Fear River by Chemours, was measured at 2,300 parts per trillion on Dec. 11 at Chemours outfall 002.

CFPUA forms new department dedicated to emerging contaminants

Officials with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority announced Wednesday that the water utility has formed a new department to help manage policy issues related to emerging contaminants such as GenX which have found in the Cape Fear River.

Chemours plans to offer filters to some residents near plant

The company that makes a chemical that's been found in private wells near its North Carolina plant wants to install water filter systems at homes served by those wells.

Brunswick Co. moving forward with water improvement plans

Brunswick County officials say they are moving forward with a study of the water treatment methods with an eye toward construction of a new treatment method in the summer of 2019.

GenX spreading through the air: House passes bill that would fund $230,000 in studies

North Carolina lawmakers want scientists, engineers, and other experts to study atmospheric deposition of GenX and other contaminants found in the drinking water from the Cape Fear River.

HB 189, which would provide $1.3M for GenX study, passes House vote

Just minutes before 6 p.m., the House voted unanimously to pass House Bill 189, which will direct $1.3 million to the NC Department of Environmental Quality to pay for water quality sampling, permitting backlogs, and measuring the air and water for GenX.

Latest Brunswick Co. water tests reveal higher levels of GenX

Levels of GenX detected in Brunswick County's drinking water more than doubled in the latest results provided to the county.

House will take up short-term GenX measures next week

RALEIGH, NC (Tyler Dukes/WRAL) - A House committee formed in the wake of GenX contamination in the Cape Fear River greenlighted a series of "short-term measures" Thursday that would require state regulators to study and share data on emerging contaminants.

Brunswick Co. releases latest GenX test results

The most recent available results of water testing in Brunswick County revealed GenX concentrations well below the state's recommended health goal.

UNCW, CFPUA water study discovers new compounds

Two additional compounds have been discovered in raw and finished water and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and UNCW are working together to learn more about them.

Chemours ordered to provide bottled water to additional 30 well owners

State officials have ordered Chemours to provide bottled water to an additional 30 well owners near the company's Fayetteville Works facility after elevated levels of GenX were detected.