As the investigation into the presence of the chemical GenX in the Cape Fear River progresses, Brunswick County public health officials are remaining in close contact with state officials from both the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Environmental regulators from DEQ will be collecting new water samples from the Cape Fear River and within several affected water systems soon that should provide additional information on the presence of low concentrations of GenX. They are also working closely with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the lead agency responsible for establishing drinking water standards, to establish guidance on GenX.
“The health and safety of our citizens is our highest priority,” said Cris Harrelson, Brunswick County Health Director. “We strongly support the efforts of our state and federal partners to collect new information on GenX and provide guidance on its safety limits within drinking water supplies. We will keep our citizens informed as we learn of new information.”
More information on GenX and the continuing investigation can be found at www.brunswickcountync.gov/genx.