BLADEN, CUMBERLAND COUNTIES (WECT) - State officials have directed Chemours to provide bottled water to 15 additional well owners near the company's Fayetteville Works facility after recent tests revealed GenX levels that surpass the state's health goal of 140 parts per trillion.
A total of fifty residential well owners living near the site are now receiving bottled water due to elevated GenX levels.
"Ensuring that North Carolinians have clean water continues to be our focus," said Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.
DEQ and Chemours have sampled 128 wells since testing near the Fayetteville Works site began in September. Of those samples collected, 43 had GenX detections below the state health goal level and 35 showed no levels of the compound.
According to data obtained through a public records request with the state, GenX has been detected as high as nine times the health goal level of 140 ppt in residential wells near the facility.
Wells on Marshwood Lake Road and nearby Munsey Road, located just north of the Fayetteville Works site, returned some of the highest, albeit inconsistent, measurements as of Sept. 29. Those levels ranged from less than 10 ppt (the sample reporting limit for samples analyzed by Chemours) to 1,300 ppt.
DEQ continues to send all well owners the results of well testing and health and other information based on the results. Once a sample is collected, it takes about four to six weeks to receive, verify and distribute the results.
Chemours' expanded sampling began Oct. 11. It is testing approximately 450 properties one mile from the property's boundary to locate the edge of the contamination plume. DEQ will continue to receive and verify the results from Chemours' sampling.
"Well water sampling will continue until we find where the contamination ends. We will do spot checks to verify Chemours' results, and notify well owners of results as we receive them," said Secretary Regan.
DEQ is in discussions with Chemours about longer-term water solutions for residents with affected wells, most of whom live north of the facility. Among the possibilities are installing home filter systems or connecting affected homes to an uncontaminated well source or a nearby public water supply. The state is coordinating with Bladen and Cumberland counties about waterline placement.