H2GO: Tests show level of unregulated chemical more than 10 times EPA threshold

H2GO: Tests show level of unregulated chemical more than 10 times EPA threshold

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Recent tests of Brunswick County water show levels of an unregulated chemical at 10 times the EPA's health advisory level, H2GO announced Wednesday.

According to a release from H2GO, a 24-hour composite sample of finished water supplied by Brunswick County and collected on Oct. 18 showed a result for 1,4-dioxane at 3.91 parts per billion.

The EPA has characterized 1,4-dioxane as "likely to be carcinogenic to humans" and has established a drinking water health advisory at a concentration of 0.35 ppb.

Other results received by H2GO reveal "Gen X levels at 59.7 parts per trillion (ppt) and a total toxic mixture of fluoridated compounds at 618.05 ppt; including an unknown compound, PFMOBA, at levels of over 270 ppt."

NC Health And Human Services has established a health goal for GenX at 140 ppt.

H2GO buys its finished water wholesale from Brunswick County, which released the following statement concerning the H2GO results:

We were made aware of this test by reading posts on social media and news outlets. However, the full results were not shared with us by H2GO prior to being released to the public. We will request those results so that we may investigate further. 

Certainly, we take the results of all tests seriously and will work rapidly with our partners at the State to determine appropriate action.  One isolated result, with very little context provided, warrants further investigation before arriving at any conclusions.

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