State officials direct Chemours to provide bottled water to homeowners near facility

State officials direct Chemours to provide bottled water to homeowners near facility

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Officials in North Carolina have directed Chemours to provide bottled water to 11 homeowners near the company's Fayetteville Works facility.

The company's preliminary test results showed GenX levels above state health goals in residential drinking wells.

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.

Of 32 residential wells tested by Chemours, 11 homeowners had GenX levels above the state's provisional public health goal. Most of the 11 wells with elevated GenX levels are north of the facility.

Out of an abundance of caution, the state directed the company to supply bottled water to residents after receiving word Friday of the first batch of preliminary test results, and then again on Tuesday when Chemours notified the state of another batch of preliminary results.

"We want to make sure people with elevated concentrations of GenX in their wells have an immediate alternative water source," said Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. "Making sure people have clean drinking water is our top priority."

WECT asked Governor Roy Cooper his thoughts on the state's mandate Chemours provide bottled water to residents affected.

"We can't play any more political games with this. There needs to be strong help to the department of environmental quality so that it can do everything it can to enforce the law and protect the water for the people in the Wilmington area and across this state," Cooper said.

DEQ has continued collecting water samples for residential wells nearest the facility. As of Wednesday, DEQ had collected water samples from 31 residential wells in Bladen and Cumberland counties.

If tests reveal levels of any of the fluorinated compounds above established health goals, the state will direct Chemours to provide affected homes with alternative water and health information on the compounds.

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