SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - Chemours has been directed to provided bottle water to seven more well owners near the company's Fayetteville Works plant after preliminary testing showed GenX levels above the state health goal, state officials said Wednesday.
The total number of well owners living near the Chemours' facility that are receiving bottled water from the company is now 26.
State officials directed Chemours to provide bottled water to eight well owners last week, while earlier this month, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality directed the company to provide 11 well owners with bottled water.
"The state and Chemours have sampled 85 drinking water wells, and data from tests conducted last week is arriving and being analyzed by DEQ staff," state officials said in a news release. "Testing of residential wells by Chemours and the state started soon after GenX was detected in 13 industrial, non-drinking water wells on the facility's property."
Six of the wells tested by both DEQ and Chemours had concentrations of GenX above the state's provisional health goal of 140 parts per trillion. Most of the wells with elevated levels of GenX are north of the Fayetteville Works facility. Along with GenX, the state is testing for two other fluorinated compounds, PFOA and PFOS. None of the wells tested by the state had results that exceeded the EPA's drinking water health advisory level for PFOA or PFOS.
"Protecting peoples' drinking water is our top priority," said Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. "As we get results, we want to make sure people whose wells have been found to have high levels of fluorinated compounds are provided bottled water. We are calling people, providing them with their results and answering their questions. We will continue to do so until all the results are received and finalized."
The NC DEQ and DHHS will hold a community information session on Thursday, Oct. 5, to answer questions about the testing. The session will begin at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium of Gray's Creek Elementary School in Hope Mills.
More information on this testing can be found here.