CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NC (WECT) - State officials said there is little to no concentrations of GenX in the drinking wells of two Cumberland County schools near Chemours' Fayetteville Works facility.
GenX wasn't detected at Alderman Elementary and results at Gray's Creek Elementary show GenX at concentrations of 5.19 parts per trillion, which is well below the state's provisional drinking water health goal of 140 ppt.
"People wanted to know about the water at their children's schools, and today, we have some answers," said Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. "Both schools show low concentrations or no levels of GenX in the water. Based on these results, we see no issue with drinking or using the water."
Based only on the low concentration or no detections of GenX, the state Department of Health and Human Services recommends that the well water for both schools is suitable for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing food, dishes and laundry.
Both schools, located about four miles from the Chemours' Fayetteville Works facility, were tested Oct. 19. DEQ officials on Wednesday notified Cumberland County's health and school system officials regarding the results.
"We understand that the school system has to make decisions based on the health and well-being of its community. We fully respect its decision and will work with the county on potential long-term solutions if needed," Regan said.
DEQ, however, has instructed Chemours to provide bottled water to at least 35 homeowners who live near the Fayetteville Works site after GenX was detected in their wells. As of Oct. 17, state officials have tested 105 nearby residential drinking wells for the compound.