WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - This week, Dr. Larry Cahoon of UNCW informed the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority that another fluorinated compound, identified as mono-fluoro-malonate, may be present in the Cape Fear River.
The compound is possibly another byproduct of the fluorocarbon synthesis process.
"At this time, we cannot confirm if the compound is in the river or the drinking water," CFPUA said in an Friday afternoon email.
CFPUA Executive Director Jim Flechtner sent an email Friday to the NC Department of Environmental Quality and the NC Department of Health and Human Services asking that they provide guidance on any action CFPUA must take as a provider of treated water.
"Consultation with a toxicologist would, of course, shed more light on this issue, but from a public records point of view, anything DEQ has or has received from Chemours/DuPont about such other compounds would have value in understanding risk to the public," Cahoon wrote in an email to Flechtner.