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  • To use or not to use? A local expert on our drinking water

    To use or not to use? A local expert on our drinking water

    Friday, June 23 2017 11:34 PM EDT2017-06-24 03:34:40 GMT

    The answer to your most basic GenX questions in one place. 

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    The answer to your most basic GenX questions in one place. 

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  • CFPUA finds documents 'of great concern'

    CFPUA finds documents 'of great concern'

    Friday, June 23 2017 10:41 PM EDT2017-06-24 02:41:04 GMT
    (Source: Pixabay)(Source: Pixabay)

    Phasing out substances containing perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) by 2015 was noted by the DuPont Company as early as 2010, according to handwritten notes on documents released by the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority on Friday.

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    Phasing out substances containing perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) by 2015 was noted by the DuPont Company as early as 2010, according to handwritten notes on documents released by the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority on Friday.

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  • CFPUA chairman's afternoon GenX update (6/23/17)

    CFPUA chairman's afternoon GenX update (6/23/17)

    Friday, June 23 2017 7:00 PM EDT2017-06-23 23:00:07 GMT
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)
    Mike Brown, CFPUA Board chairman, will provide two daily updates—one morning and one afternoon—with information on activity surrounding GenX. Updates will be provided each weekday. Below please find Chairman Mike Brown’s afternoon update regarding water testing, the CFPUA Board internal review, and the CFPUA’s next steps. 1. CFPUA environmental counsel sent a letter to DEQ Secretary Michael Regan highlighting two documents of concern discovered during a review...More >>
    Mike Brown, CFPUA Board chairman, will provide two daily updates—one morning and one afternoon—with information on activity surrounding GenX. Updates will be provided each weekday. Below please find Chairman Mike Brown’s afternoon update regarding water testing, the CFPUA Board internal review, and the CFPUA’s next steps. 1. CFPUA environmental counsel sent a letter to DEQ Secretary Michael Regan highlighting two documents of concern discovered during a review...More >>
  • Real estate companies feel effects of GenX scare

    Real estate companies feel effects of GenX scare

    Friday, June 23 2017 3:12 PM EDT2017-06-23 19:12:47 GMT
    Wilmington Real Estate agencies feeling some negative effects due to GenX scareWilmington Real Estate agencies feeling some negative effects due to GenX scare

    Todd Turner of River Town Realty in Wilmington has been around the block, his firm has been in business for over 10 years serving the Southeastern Carolina are in both real estate sales and rentals.

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    Todd Turner of River Town Realty in Wilmington has been around the block, his firm has been in business for over 10 years serving the Southeastern Carolina are in both real estate sales and rentals.

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  • CFPUA charmain's morning GenX update (6/23/17)

    CFPUA charmain's morning GenX update (6/23/17)

    Friday, June 23 2017 10:44 AM EDT2017-06-23 14:44:40 GMT
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)

    In addition to current DEQ sampling and testing, CFPUA will begin conducting its own water sampling and testing, beginning early next wee.

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    In addition to current DEQ sampling and testing, CFPUA will begin conducting its own water sampling and testing, beginning early next wee.

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  • CFPUA staff 'acted in appropriate' manner in involvement with GenX study

    CFPUA staff 'acted in appropriate' manner in involvement with GenX study

    Friday, June 23 2017 7:59 AM EDT2017-06-23 11:59:03 GMT

    An internal review of Cape Fear Public Utility Authority’s involvement in a study that found GenX in water treated by the company’s Sweeney Water Treatment Plant determined CFPUA staff “acted in an appropriate, professional, timely, and scientific manner.” 

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    An internal review of Cape Fear Public Utility Authority’s involvement in a study that found GenX in water treated by the company’s Sweeney Water Treatment Plant determined CFPUA staff “acted in an appropriate, professional, timely, and scientific manner.” 

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  • CFPUA keeps rate increase amid GenX concerns

    CFPUA keeps rate increase amid GenX concerns

    Friday, June 23 2017 6:33 AM EDT2017-06-23 10:33:00 GMT

    The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority voted 6-4 to keep its recent rate increase amid concerns of an unregulated chemical in the water authority's drinking water.

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    The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority voted 6-4 to keep its recent rate increase amid concerns of an unregulated chemical in the water authority's drinking water.

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  • Health and Human Services examining cancer rates in Cape Fear Region

    Health and Human Services examining cancer rates in Cape Fear Region

    Thursday, June 22 2017 9:56 PM EDT2017-06-23 01:56:08 GMT

    The NC Department of Health and Human Services is working with Brunswick County officials to examine cancer rates in the Cape Fear Region in recent decades, and how they compare with statewide rates. 

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    The NC Department of Health and Human Services is working with Brunswick County officials to examine cancer rates in the Cape Fear Region in recent decades, and how they compare with statewide rates. 

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  • CFPUA chairman's afternoon GenX update

    CFPUA chairman's afternoon GenX update

    Thursday, June 22 2017 6:49 PM EDT2017-06-22 22:49:51 GMT
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)

    1. During a Special Meeting today, the CFPUA Board received an update on the internal review conducted by Robin Smith, an environmental attorney and former assistant secretary for the environment for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (now NCDEQ), and Jennifer Adams, a chemical engineer and CFPUA Board co-chair. The scope of the review included an assessment of CFPUA’s involvement in the NCSU study, CFPUA staff communication about the s...

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    1. During a Special Meeting today, the CFPUA Board received an update on the internal review conducted by Robin Smith, an environmental attorney and former assistant secretary for the environment for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (now NCDEQ), and Jennifer Adams, a chemical engineer and CFPUA Board co-chair. The scope of the review included an assessment of CFPUA’s involvement in the NCSU study, CFPUA staff communication about the s...

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  • New details about risk of 1,4-dioxane in Cape Fear River

    New details about risk of 1,4-dioxane in Cape Fear River

    Thursday, June 22 2017 6:26 PM EDT2017-06-22 22:26:27 GMT

    We are learning more about 1,4-dioxane, a second chemical found in the Brunswick and Wilmington water supply that the EPA says likely causes cancer. Authorities say it is being discharged by several wastewater treatment facilities upriver.

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    We are learning more about 1,4-dioxane, a second chemical found in the Brunswick and Wilmington water supply that the EPA says likely causes cancer. Authorities say it is being discharged by several wastewater treatment facilities upriver.

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  • Water sampling for GenX begins in Cape Fear River

    Water sampling for GenX begins in Cape Fear River

    Thursday, June 22 2017 4:29 PM EDT2017-06-22 20:29:23 GMT

    Staff with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality started sampling water for GenX Monday in the Cape Fear River near the Chemours plant, and Thursday they sampled a dozen other sites in the Lower Cape Fear region.

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    Staff with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality started sampling water for GenX Monday in the Cape Fear River near the Chemours plant, and Thursday they sampled a dozen other sites in the Lower Cape Fear region.

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  • NCDEQ says Kuraray America isn't producing GenX

    NCDEQ says Kuraray America isn't producing GenX

    Thursday, June 22 2017 3:46 PM EDT2017-06-22 19:46:21 GMT
    The NC Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday that Kuraray America isn't creating or using GenX. (Source: Pixabay)The NC Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday that Kuraray America isn't creating or using GenX. (Source: Pixabay)

    A chemical manufacturer at the Chemours Company plant in Fayetteville is not producing or using GenX, according to an NC Department of Environmental Quality spokesperson. 

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    A chemical manufacturer at the Chemours Company plant in Fayetteville is not producing or using GenX, according to an NC Department of Environmental Quality spokesperson. 

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  • CFPUA Chairman's morning GenX update

    CFPUA Chairman's morning GenX update

    Thursday, June 22 2017 11:31 AM EDT2017-06-22 15:31:43 GMT

    During a Special Meeting today (details below), the CFPUA Board will receive an update on the internal review currently being conducted by Robin Smith, an environmental attorney and former assistant secretary for the environment for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (now NCDEQ), and Jennifer Adams, a chemical engineer and CFPUA Board co-chair.

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    During a Special Meeting today (details below), the CFPUA Board will receive an update on the internal review currently being conducted by Robin Smith, an environmental attorney and former assistant secretary for the environment for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (now NCDEQ), and Jennifer Adams, a chemical engineer and CFPUA Board co-chair.

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  • GenX community forum gives some answers, creates more questions

    GenX community forum gives some answers, creates more questions

    Thursday, June 22 2017 7:58 AM EDT2017-06-22 11:58:07 GMT

    A panel of experts responded to questions about GenX at a community forum Wednesday night.

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    A panel of experts responded to questions about GenX at a community forum Wednesday night.

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  • Water expert claims CFPUA can filter GenX out of water

    Water expert claims CFPUA can filter GenX out of water

    Thursday, June 22 2017 7:50 AM EDT2017-06-22 11:50:55 GMT

    Robert Bowcock is what you could call a "water expert."  Bowcock who works side by side with environmental advocate Erin Brockovich, and serves on her boards foundation has a long history with water treatment facilities and operations.

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    Robert Bowcock is what you could call a "water expert."  Bowcock who works side by side with environmental advocate Erin Brockovich, and serves on her boards foundation has a long history with water treatment facilities and operations.

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  • SELC questions Chemours' permit renewal

    SELC questions Chemours' permit renewal

    Thursday, June 22 2017 7:45 AM EDT2017-06-22 11:45:15 GMT
    The Southern Environmental Law Center said it will examine water quality permit files for Chemours. (Source: Pixabay)The Southern Environmental Law Center said it will examine water quality permit files for Chemours. (Source: Pixabay)

    An organization that specializes in environmental protection has started an investigation of Chemours, the company allegedly responsible for discharging an unregulated toxin into the Cape Fear River.

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    An organization that specializes in environmental protection has started an investigation of Chemours, the company allegedly responsible for discharging an unregulated toxin into the Cape Fear River.

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  • CFPUA chairman's afternoon GenX update (6/21/17)

    CFPUA chairman's afternoon GenX update (6/21/17)

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 6:23 PM EDT2017-06-21 22:23:49 GMT
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)
    News release from CFPUA: 1. We appreciate Chemours’ voluntary action to eliminate discharge of GenX into the Cape Fear River. As regulatory bodies work toward a long-term solution, environmental counsel to CFPUA, Brooks Pierce, submitted a formal letter to DEQ today, requesting the agency enforce the North Carolina Drinking Water Act (15A NCAC 18C .1209), and prohibit the discharge of any and all GenX Pollutants into the Cape Fear River. This rule prohibits the discharge of ind...More >>
    News release from CFPUA: 1. We appreciate Chemours’ voluntary action to eliminate discharge of GenX into the Cape Fear River. As regulatory bodies work toward a long-term solution, environmental counsel to CFPUA, Brooks Pierce, submitted a formal letter to DEQ today, requesting the agency enforce the North Carolina Drinking Water Act (15A NCAC 18C .1209), and prohibit the discharge of any and all GenX Pollutants into the Cape Fear River. This rule prohibits the discharge of ind...More >>
  • Amid GenX concerns, another contaminant found in Cape Fear River

    Amid GenX concerns, another contaminant found in Cape Fear River

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 6:18 PM EDT2017-06-21 22:18:15 GMT

    Scientists testing Cape Fear River water who discovered Gen-X also found elevated levels of a chemical called 1,4-dioxane. 1,4-dioxane is an emerging contaminant that has caused liver and kidney damage to laboratory rats chronically exposed to 1,4-dioxane in their drinking water, and labeled as a "probable human carcinogen" by the EPA. 

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    Scientists testing Cape Fear River water who discovered Gen-X also found elevated levels of a chemical called 1,4-dioxane. 1,4-dioxane is an emerging contaminant that has caused liver and kidney damage to laboratory rats chronically exposed to 1,4-dioxane in their drinking water, and labeled as a "probable human carcinogen" by the EPA. 

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  • Brunswick County says DEQ looking into another chemical company

    Brunswick County says DEQ looking into another chemical company

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 5:03 PM EDT2017-06-21 21:03:09 GMT
    (Source: Pixabay)(Source: Pixabay)

    Brunswick County officials confirmed Wednesday that the NC Department of Environmental Quality is going to investigate another chemical company on the Chemours site in Fayetteville.

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    Brunswick County officials confirmed Wednesday that the NC Department of Environmental Quality is going to investigate another chemical company on the Chemours site in Fayetteville.

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  • Local leaders want public meeting with Chemours

    Local leaders want public meeting with Chemours

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 2:56 PM EDT2017-06-21 18:56:59 GMT
    (Source: Pixabay)(Source: Pixabay)

    Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo announced Wednesday that local leaders from around the region are inviting Chemours, the company accused of discharging an unregulated toxin known as GenX into the Cape Fear River, back to New Hanover County for a public meeting.

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    Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo announced Wednesday that local leaders from around the region are inviting Chemours, the company accused of discharging an unregulated toxin known as GenX into the Cape Fear River, back to New Hanover County for a public meeting.

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  • CFPUA chairman's morning GenX update (6/21/17)

    CFPUA chairman's morning GenX update (6/21/17)

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 11:58 AM EDT2017-06-21 15:58:40 GMT
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)
    News release from CFPUA: 1. Chemours will voluntarily stop discharging the manufacturing effluent that contains GenX into the river this morning (June 21, 2017). Chemours has confirmed that they are committed to the temporary removal of GenX until a permanent solution is reached with regulatory authorities, EPA and DEQ.  It has been a true community-wide effort to reach this point. We know there is still a road ahead to reach a long-term solution, but we are glad to see progress...More >>
    News release from CFPUA: 1. Chemours will voluntarily stop discharging the manufacturing effluent that contains GenX into the river this morning (June 21, 2017). Chemours has confirmed that they are committed to the temporary removal of GenX until a permanent solution is reached with regulatory authorities, EPA and DEQ.  It has been a true community-wide effort to reach this point. We know there is still a road ahead to reach a long-term solution, but we are glad to see progress...More >>
  • City Council calls for public Chemours meeting

    City Council calls for public Chemours meeting

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 8:31 AM EDT2017-06-21 12:31:41 GMT
    The Wilmington City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night asking for The Chemours Company to hold a public meeting in Wilmington by the end of July. (Source: WECT)The Wilmington City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night asking for The Chemours Company to hold a public meeting in Wilmington by the end of July. (Source: WECT)

    Wilmington residents have questions about GenX, and the City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night demanding answers. 

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    Wilmington residents have questions about GenX, and the City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night demanding answers. 

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  • Chemours to take new steps to keep GenX out of Cape Fear River

    Chemours to take new steps to keep GenX out of Cape Fear River

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 8:26 AM EDT2017-06-21 12:26:54 GMT

    The Chemours Company said in a news release Tuesday that it plans to remove all wastewater containing an unregulated toxin at its manufacturing plant in Fayetteville beginning Wednesday.

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    The Chemours Company said in a news release Tuesday that it plans to remove all wastewater containing an unregulated toxin at its manufacturing plant in Fayetteville beginning Wednesday.

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  • CFPUA chairman's afternoon GenX update (6/20/17)

    CFPUA chairman's afternoon GenX update (6/20/17)

    Tuesday, June 20 2017 4:01 PM EDT2017-06-20 20:01:43 GMT
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)

    During a Special Meeting this Thursday (details below), the CFPUA Board will receive an update on the internal review currently being conducted by Robin Smith, an environmental attorney and former assistant secretary for the environment for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (now NCDEQ), and Jennifer Adams, a chemical engineer and CFPUA Board co-chair.

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    During a Special Meeting this Thursday (details below), the CFPUA Board will receive an update on the internal review currently being conducted by Robin Smith, an environmental attorney and former assistant secretary for the environment for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (now NCDEQ), and Jennifer Adams, a chemical engineer and CFPUA Board co-chair.

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  • CFPUA chairman's June 20 morning GenX update

    CFPUA chairman's June 20 morning GenX update

    Tuesday, June 20 2017 2:26 PM EDT2017-06-20 18:26:28 GMT

    Mike Brown, CFPUA Board chairman, will provide two daily updates—one morning and one afternoon—with information on activity surrounding GenX. Updates will be provided each weekday. Below please find Chairman Mike Brown’s morning update regarding CFPUA’s involvement in water sampling, public records requests to DEQ and EPA, and request to area utilities to join CFPUA in action. 

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    Mike Brown, CFPUA Board chairman, will provide two daily updates—one morning and one afternoon—with information on activity surrounding GenX. Updates will be provided each weekday. Below please find Chairman Mike Brown’s morning update regarding CFPUA’s involvement in water sampling, public records requests to DEQ and EPA, and request to area utilities to join CFPUA in action. 

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  • State officials begin water sample collection

    State officials begin water sample collection

    Tuesday, June 20 2017 7:14 AM EDT2017-06-20 11:14:30 GMT
    State environmental regulators have begun collecting water samples from the Cape Fear River to be tested for GenX. (Source: Pixabay)State environmental regulators have begun collecting water samples from the Cape Fear River to be tested for GenX. (Source: Pixabay)

    Staff with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality started sampling the water in the Cape Fear River for GenX on Monday, according to a news release. Sampling for the unregulated chemical compound will continue on Thursday. 

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    Staff with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality started sampling the water in the Cape Fear River for GenX on Monday, according to a news release. Sampling for the unregulated chemical compound will continue on Thursday. 

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  • CFPUA meets with consulting firm to discuss GenX options

    CFPUA meets with consulting firm to discuss GenX options

    Monday, June 19 2017 5:52 PM EDT2017-06-19 21:52:43 GMT
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)

    Frank Styers, the Chief Operations Officer at the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, hosted representatives from a consulting firm on Monday to discuss options for reducing the amount of GenX in southeastern NC drinking water. 

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    Frank Styers, the Chief Operations Officer at the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, hosted representatives from a consulting firm on Monday to discuss options for reducing the amount of GenX in southeastern NC drinking water. 

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  • WoW organization protests to get answers about GenX

    WoW organization protests to get answers about GenX

    Monday, June 19 2017 3:45 PM EDT2017-06-19 19:45:35 GMT

    Women Organizing for Wilmington (WoW!) returned to the streets of downtown Wilmington Monday to protest Chemours and the GenX contamination of the Cape Fear River and water supplies.

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    Women Organizing for Wilmington (WoW!) returned to the streets of downtown Wilmington Monday to protest Chemours and the GenX contamination of the Cape Fear River and water supplies.

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  • Cape Fear River Watch holding community forum

    Cape Fear River Watch holding community forum

    Monday, June 19 2017 3:39 PM EDT2017-06-19 19:39:36 GMT
    The Cape Fear River Watch is assembling a panel of environmental and health experts to discuss GenX. (Source: Cape Fear River Watch)The Cape Fear River Watch is assembling a panel of environmental and health experts to discuss GenX. (Source: Cape Fear River Watch)

    The Cape Fear River Watch is assembling a panel of environmental and health stakeholders and professionals for a community forum to address the GenX issue.

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    The Cape Fear River Watch is assembling a panel of environmental and health stakeholders and professionals for a community forum to address the GenX issue.

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  • Resolution on GenX expected to be added to city council agenda

    Resolution on GenX expected to be added to city council agenda

    Monday, June 19 2017 10:44 AM EDT2017-06-19 14:44:20 GMT

    A resolution requesting Chemours to stop depositing GenX into the Cape Fear River is expected to be introduced during the Wilmington City Council meeting Tuesday night.

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    A resolution requesting Chemours to stop depositing GenX into the Cape Fear River is expected to be introduced during the Wilmington City Council meeting Tuesday night.

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  • Bladen leaders don't anticipate finding GenX in water supply

    Bladen leaders don't anticipate finding GenX in water supply

    Friday, June 16 2017 7:35 PM EDT2017-06-16 23:35:01 GMT

    Bladen County Manager Greg Martin released a statement Friday saying he does not anticipate GenX in the Bladen County Water District's water supply. Arrangements are, however, being made to test the water for its presence.

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    Bladen County Manager Greg Martin released a statement Friday saying he does not anticipate GenX in the Bladen County Water District's water supply. Arrangements are, however, being made to test the water for its presence.

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  • CFPUA learned initial GenX findings in May 2016; chair calls for review

    CFPUA learned initial GenX findings in May 2016; chair calls for review

    Friday, June 16 2017 7:44 AM EDT2017-06-16 11:44:29 GMT

    Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Executive Director Jim Flechtner sent an email to all employees of the water utility this week commending the transparency of the organization in the wake of a revelation of the discharge of an unregulated chemical into the raw water supply coming from the Cape Fear River. Not everyone agrees. 

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    Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Executive Director Jim Flechtner sent an email to all employees of the water utility this week commending the transparency of the organization in the wake of a revelation of the discharge of an unregulated chemical into the raw water supply coming from the Cape Fear River. Not everyone agrees. 

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  • Commission chair shares his concerns about water issues

    Commission chair shares his concerns about water issues

    Friday, June 16 2017 7:02 AM EDT2017-06-16 11:02:48 GMT
    New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chairman Woody White visited WECT for a Facebook Live discussion on Thursday night. (Source: WECT).New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chairman Woody White visited WECT for a Facebook Live discussion on Thursday night. (Source: WECT).

    In a Facebook Live session in the WECT newsroom on Thursday, Woody White, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners chairman, said he still has questions about not only GenX contamination in the Cape Fear River, but other chemical pollutants as well.

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    In a Facebook Live session in the WECT newsroom on Thursday, Woody White, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners chairman, said he still has questions about not only GenX contamination in the Cape Fear River, but other chemical pollutants as well.

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  • Chemours 'not committed' to zero percent GenX discharge

    Chemours 'not committed' to zero percent GenX discharge

    Friday, June 16 2017 6:56 AM EDT2017-06-16 10:56:46 GMT

    Local and state leaders met face-to-face with representatives from Chemours in a closed-door meeting Thursday to learn more details about GenX, an unregulated compound that has been found in the Cape Fear River.

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    Local and state leaders met face-to-face with representatives from Chemours in a closed-door meeting Thursday to learn more details about GenX, an unregulated compound that has been found in the Cape Fear River.

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  • EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Chemours reps confronted with questions about GenX

    EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Chemours reps confronted with questions about GenX

    Thursday, June 15 2017 4:22 PM EDT2017-06-15 20:22:24 GMT

    Several representatives from Chemours, the company believed to be dumping the unregulated chemical GenX into the Cape Fear River, refused to answer WECT's questions following a closed-door meeting Thursday.

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    Several representatives from Chemours, the company believed to be dumping the unregulated chemical GenX into the Cape Fear River, refused to answer WECT's questions following a closed-door meeting Thursday.

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  • UNCW professor says he isn't drinking local tap water

    UNCW professor says he isn't drinking local tap water

    Thursday, June 15 2017 8:03 AM EDT2017-06-15 12:03:53 GMT
    UNCW's Larry Cahoon said he is not drinking tap water in Wilmington right now. (Source: Pixabay)UNCW's Larry Cahoon said he is not drinking tap water in Wilmington right now. (Source: Pixabay)

    Larry Cahoon, a professor of marine biology at UNCW, joined WECT for a Facebook Live conversation on Wednesday to discuss GenX, an unregulated toxin that has been discharged into the Cape Fear River by the Chemours Company. 

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    Larry Cahoon, a professor of marine biology at UNCW, joined WECT for a Facebook Live conversation on Wednesday to discuss GenX, an unregulated toxin that has been discharged into the Cape Fear River by the Chemours Company. 

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  • What did CFPUA know and when they did know it?

    What did CFPUA know and when they did know it?

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 5:33 PM EDT2017-06-14 21:33:28 GMT

    While some workers at CFPUA knew about the November 2016 study when it was published, at least one board member says he felt blindsided by the news. 

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    While some workers at CFPUA knew about the November 2016 study when it was published, at least one board member says he felt blindsided by the news. 

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  • State agencies launching investigation into GenX dumping

    State agencies launching investigation into GenX dumping

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 4:42 PM EDT2017-06-14 20:42:56 GMT
    State environmental regulators will collect water samples from the Cape Fear River to be tested for GenX. (Source: Pixabay)State environmental regulators will collect water samples from the Cape Fear River to be tested for GenX. (Source: Pixabay)

    The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is asking Chemours to take immediate action to reduce or eliminate the dumping of GenX into the Cape Fear River.

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    The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is asking Chemours to take immediate action to reduce or eliminate the dumping of GenX into the Cape Fear River.

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  • CFPUA partners with outside law firm, communications group to handle water issue

    CFPUA partners with outside law firm, communications group to handle water issue

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 4:04 PM EDT2017-06-14 20:04:59 GMT
    CFPUA is hiring a law firm and communications group to help with the water issue that broke this month. (Source: Pixabay)CFPUA is hiring a law firm and communications group to help with the water issue that broke this month. (Source: Pixabay)

    The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has employed the services of an outside law firm and a strategic communications agency in the wake of news that an unregulated compound was discovered its raw water supply. 

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    The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has employed the services of an outside law firm and a strategic communications agency in the wake of news that an unregulated compound was discovered its raw water supply. 

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  • Aqua NC does not get water from Cape Fear River

    Aqua NC does not get water from Cape Fear River

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 1:13 PM EDT2017-06-14 17:13:02 GMT

    While several water companies do get their water from the Cape Fear River, that is not the case for Aqua NC.

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    While several water companies do get their water from the Cape Fear River, that is not the case for Aqua NC.

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  • Carolina Beach town manager: GenX not in town water

    Carolina Beach town manager: GenX not in town water

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 10:47 AM EDT2017-06-14 14:47:31 GMT

    Carolina Beach Town Manager Michael Cramer said GenX is not an issue in the town's drinking water.

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    Carolina Beach Town Manager Michael Cramer said GenX is not an issue in the town's drinking water.

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  • Will GenX reports lead to more support for reverse osmosis plant?

    Will GenX reports lead to more support for reverse osmosis plant?

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 6:49 AM EDT2017-06-14 10:49:56 GMT

    A pro H2GO meeting had more attendees than usual following the discovery of GenX in area drinking water. 

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    A pro H2GO meeting had more attendees than usual following the discovery of GenX in area drinking water. 

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  • Why a closed door meeting over a public health concern?

    Why a closed door meeting over a public health concern?

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 8:57 PM EDT2017-06-14 00:57:33 GMT

    When county leaders finally meet face to face Thursday with a chemical company manufacturing a compound recently found in the drinking water supply for thousands in southeastern North Carolina, it will be behind closed doors with no audio or video recording of what actually took place.  It came down to negotiations. 

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    When county leaders finally meet face to face Thursday with a chemical company manufacturing a compound recently found in the drinking water supply for thousands in southeastern North Carolina, it will be behind closed doors with no audio or video recording of what actually took place.  It came down to negotiations. 

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  • Water filtration companies respond to GenX concern

    Water filtration companies respond to GenX concern

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 3:22 PM EDT2017-06-13 19:22:06 GMT

    Water filtration companies like Kinetico have been inundated with calls after the toxin GenX has been found in the Cape Fear River and Cape Fear Public Utility water supply. The problem is how do you filter it out?

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    Water filtration companies like Kinetico have been inundated with calls after the toxin GenX has been found in the Cape Fear River and Cape Fear Public Utility water supply. The problem is how do you filter it out?

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  • Brunswick Co. officials address GenX concerns

    Brunswick Co. officials address GenX concerns

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 12:16 PM EDT2017-06-13 16:16:38 GMT
    (Source: Pixabay)(Source: Pixabay)

    Brunswick County officials are responding to concerns about the county's drinking water following the discovery of GenX, an unregulated toxin, in the Cape Fear River from which the county draws a portion of its raw water supply.

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    Brunswick County officials are responding to concerns about the county's drinking water following the discovery of GenX, an unregulated toxin, in the Cape Fear River from which the county draws a portion of its raw water supply.

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  • NC DHHS: GenX would pose low risk to human health based on 2013-14 levels

    NC DHHS: GenX would pose low risk to human health based on 2013-14 levels

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 11:22 AM EDT2017-06-13 15:22:18 GMT

    Based on the data it has on hand, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement to county public health directors that GenX levels detected in 2013-14 would be expected to pose a low risk to human health.

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    Based on the data it has on hand, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement to county public health directors that GenX levels detected in 2013-14 would be expected to pose a low risk to human health.

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  • Pender County leaders respond to GenX concerns

    Pender County leaders respond to GenX concerns

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 10:41 AM EDT2017-06-13 14:41:11 GMT

    The Pender County Board of Commissioners announced Tuesday that it is working with state, EPA and local officials to monitor the possible effects of an unregulated toxin known as GenX found in the Cape Fear River.

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    The Pender County Board of Commissioners announced Tuesday that it is working with state, EPA and local officials to monitor the possible effects of an unregulated toxin known as GenX found in the Cape Fear River.

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  • Invitation-only meeting scheduled between Chemours, county officials

    Invitation-only meeting scheduled between Chemours, county officials

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 7:47 AM EDT2017-06-13 11:47:04 GMT

    New Hanover County and state officials are scheduled to meet with representatives from the Chemours Company on Thursday to discuss GenX, an unregulated toxin that has been found in the Cape Fear River. 

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    New Hanover County and state officials are scheduled to meet with representatives from the Chemours Company on Thursday to discuss GenX, an unregulated toxin that has been found in the Cape Fear River. 

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  • Erin Brockovich: 'We're in a water crisis. It's not a game anymore'

    Erin Brockovich: 'We're in a water crisis. It's not a game anymore'

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 7:40 AM EDT2017-06-13 11:40:40 GMT
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)

    Erin Brockovich said people living in southeastern North Carolina should be ready to fight for clean drinking water after it was revealed that GenX, an unregulated toxin, was dumped into the Cape Fear River. 

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    Erin Brockovich said people living in southeastern North Carolina should be ready to fight for clean drinking water after it was revealed that GenX, an unregulated toxin, was dumped into the Cape Fear River. 

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  • Butler notifies state House of concerns over GenX toxins in drinking water

    Butler notifies state House of concerns over GenX toxins in drinking water

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 7:35 AM EDT2017-06-13 11:35:15 GMT
    Rep. Deb Butler of Wilmington sent a memo to House members regarding concerns over the toxin known as Gen-X discovered in drinking water. (Source: WECT)Rep. Deb Butler of Wilmington sent a memo to House members regarding concerns over the toxin known as Gen-X discovered in drinking water. (Source: WECT)

    Rep. Deb Butler (R-New Hanover) is making fellow members of the General Assembly aware of the situation regarding toxins discovered in drinking water.

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    Rep. Deb Butler (R-New Hanover) is making fellow members of the General Assembly aware of the situation regarding toxins discovered in drinking water.

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  • State regulators await guidance from the EPA about unregulated toxin

    State regulators await guidance from the EPA about unregulated toxin

    Monday, June 12 2017 7:20 PM EDT2017-06-12 23:20:12 GMT
    (Source: WECT)(Source: WECT)

    State regulators say they're awaiting guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency after an unregulated toxin known as GenX was found in the Cape Fear River, the primary raw water supply for most of southeastern North Carolina.

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    State regulators say they're awaiting guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency after an unregulated toxin known as GenX was found in the Cape Fear River, the primary raw water supply for most of southeastern North Carolina.

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  • Company sees influx in business following GenX discovery

    Company sees influx in business following GenX discovery

    Monday, June 12 2017 5:05 PM EDT2017-06-12 21:05:07 GMT

    The Culligan Water Conditioning company can't answer their phones fast enough after the discovery of GenX in the Cape Fear River. 

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    The Culligan Water Conditioning company can't answer their phones fast enough after the discovery of GenX in the Cape Fear River. 

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  • GenX not the only toxin in the Cape Fear River

    GenX not the only toxin in the Cape Fear River

    Monday, June 12 2017 3:18 PM EDT2017-06-12 19:18:25 GMT

    Environmental groups in Wilmington want to remind people that there are several other pollutants in the Cape Fear River that need to be cleaned up.  

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    Environmental groups in Wilmington want to remind people that there are several other pollutants in the Cape Fear River that need to be cleaned up.  

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  • Woman hopes to answer questions about GenX

    Woman hopes to answer questions about GenX

    Jun 11, 2017 06:33 PM2017-06-11 22:33:00 GMT

    Beth Markesino is on a mission to learn more about the chemical "GenX."

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    Beth Markesino is on a mission to learn more about the chemical "GenX."

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  • Companies react to study indicating presence of unregulated toxin in water supply

    Companies react to study indicating presence of unregulated toxin in water supply

    Jun 08, 2017 05:32 PM2017-06-08 21:32:00 GMT
    Officials reacted Thursday to a study indicating the presence of an unregulated chemical being discharged into the water supply. (Source: WECT)Officials reacted Thursday to a study indicating the presence of an unregulated chemical being discharged into the water supply. (Source: WECT)

    Water companies and local officials are reacting to a study published in the Wilmington StarNews this week indicating the presence of an unregulated chemical known in the trade market as GenX in the raw water supply feeding many people in southeastern North Carolina.

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    Water companies and local officials are reacting to a study published in the Wilmington StarNews this week indicating the presence of an unregulated chemical known in the trade market as GenX in the raw water supply feeding many people in southeastern North Carolina.

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