The little-studied compound that was found in a North Carolina river last year has also been found in a well under a West Virginia Chemours facility.
The News Journal of Wilmington reports Chemours, a Delaware-based company that sells fluoroproducts, is testing drinking water this month near its Washington Works facility in Parkersburg, West Virginia, per a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency request.
The EPA's acting water protection director, Kate McManus, had said in a January letter to Chemours that GenX was found in four wells near the facility, and the agency is concerned about area drinking water contamination like in North Carolina.
The chemical is used to make nonstick cookware and other products, and has been linked to several forms of cancer in animal studies.
Gen-X was found in the Cape Fear River last summer, prompting North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein to file a lawsuit against Chemours. The attorney general said Monday the lawsuit is ongoing, and remains a priority.
"I remain extremely concerned about the drinking water in the Cape Fear River," Stein told WECT via Skype. "That's why on behalf of the Department of Environmental Quality, I took Chemours to court and that litigation is ongoing. Sometimes cases take a little while to wind their way through the courts, but while it's ongoing, we got an order from the judge that says Chemours cannot discharge any chemical into the Cape Fear River. So we continue to pursue the litigation with the foremost goal of making sure that when people drink their water, they know it's safe and it's clean."
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