GenX: Chemours Reports Another Spike In Levels

Nov 22, 2017

North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality today alerted county health and public water systems in the lower Cape Fear region to another spike in GenX concentrations in the river. 

Concentrations of GenX at Chemours’ wastewater discharge outfall in Fayetteville exceeded the state’s provisional drinking water health goal in late October and early November… according to data the DEQ received from the company this week.

DEQ is investigating the cause of the spike and has demanded answers from Chemours, which is supposed to be capturing GenX rather than releasing it into the Cape Fear River.

Chemours told DEQ that data from water quality tests at the company’s wastewater discharge outfall in Fayetteville show concentrations of GenX were 2,400 parts per trillion for samples collected late last month, and in early November.

That’s well above the state’s provisional health goal for drinking water of 140 parts per trillion.

A similar spike in GenX concentrations at the wastewater discharge outfall occurred three days after an October 6th spill at Chemours’ facility.

DEQ continues to conduct water quality monitoring at several places along the Cape Fear River, and will release the results when they become available.