Tests reveal elevated GenX levels in Bladen Co. lake

Tests reveal elevated GenX levels in Bladen Co. lake
CFPUA provided a breakdown of the nearly $2 million in costs associated with GenX. (Source: WECT)

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - Water test results from a Bladen County lake show GenX concentrations of 620 parts per trillion.

According to a news release from the NC Department of Environmental Quality, the recreational lake at Camp Dixie, Marshwood Lake in Cumberland County and Hall Park baseball field well water in Fayetteville were all tested recently at the request of community members.

The lake at Camp Dixie was tested Oct. 19, and the Hall Park ballfield well water and Marshwood Lake were tested Oct. 17. Marshwood Lake GenX levels were 915 parts per trillion. Well water at Hall Park showed concentrations of 53.6 ppt.

North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services established a GenX health goal of 140 ppt for drinking water.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, little exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) such as GenX occurs during swimming, bathing or showering. Only a small amount of PFAS can get into the body through the skin.

Based on the CDC guidance, and from what the DHHS has concluded, the estimated dose that campers would receive through accidentally swallowing water from the lake while swimming is not expected to harm peoples' health.

Neither the Camp Dixie lake nor Marshwood Lake are sources of drinking water.

"Camp Dixie's water is supplied by Bladen County Public Works and according to Kip McClary, Bladen County's general services manager, the well that supplies our water at Camp Dixie was tested at 11 parts per trillion," Camp Dixie said in a news release Tuesday afternoon. "That is less than 10 percent of the state's provisional health goal of 140 parts per trillion for public drinking water safety.

"There is no established threshold for PFAS in lakes and swimming areas. Since minimal PFAS exposure occurs during swimming, it is safe for our guests to continue to enjoy recreational activities in and around our lake."

DEQ, DHHS, and the Bladen and Cumberland County health departments are working to notify people in the community of the results and determine the next steps.

More information about the state's ongoing testing and investigation of fluorinated compounds can be found by clicking here.

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