Water experts part of panel discussion on GenX

Water experts part of panel discussion on GenX

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A group concerned about water quality in southeastern NC met Friday night to discuss a recent spill at the Chemours Company's Fayetteville Works site.

Stop GenX in Our Water put together a panel that included UNCW marine biology professor Larry Cahoon and NC State's Scott Belcher, a toxicology expert, to weigh in on GenX contamination in the Cape Fear River.

GenX levels in wastewater discharge at the Chemours plant skyrocketed after a spill in October. When the NC Department of Environmental Quality questioned Chemours about increased GenX levels, the company said dimer acid flouride, a precursor to GenX, spilled from a manufacturing line during planned maintenance on Oct. 6.

Test results from water samples on Oct. 9 revealed a GenX concentration of 3,700 parts per trillion, 26 times higher than the NC Department of Health and Human Services recommended health goal of 140 ppt.

Beth Markesino, who organized Friday's event, placed blame on NC agencies and said she wants the state to cancel Chemours' permits.

"The state has allowed Chemours to get away with this," she said. "We can't allow this anymore. Enough is enough. We are way past the 140 parts per trillion."

DEQ said in a news release Thursday that its investigation into Chemours continues and it will determine what action to take against the chemical company.

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