June 22 Update on GenX and Brunswick County

06.22.2017

NCDEQ continues to collect water samples to be tested for the GenX compound, including a stop Thursday at Brunswick County’s Northwest Water Treatment Plant to sample finished water.

Scientists with NCDEQ collect water samples at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant Thursday.

The test results of these samples, like others NCDEQ scientists have collected at points along the Cape Fear River and at area water treatment facilities, will give researchers and local officials updated information about the amount of GenX in the Cape Fear River.

Meanwhile, Brunswick County officials are communicating with and supporting officials from NC Department of Health and Human Services, as they examine cancer rates in the Cape Fear region over recent decades, looking for rates that may be anomalous with statewide rates. Since Chemours officials informed local officials that the presence of GenX in the Cape Fear River may have started decades before initially indicated, NC DHHS researchers have begun examining these cancer rates over a wider time frame.

Brunswick County officials are also consulting with state toxicologists for additional information and guidance regarding reported levels of chemicals and EPA Health Advisory levels, including the chemical 1,4-Dioxane, another chemical which has been mentioned in recent news reports. All test results and information will be shared publicly. While Brunswick County works to learn more about 1,4-Dioxane, an EPA fact sheet is viewable at https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-03/documents/ffrro_factsheet_contaminant_14-dioxane_january2014_final.pdf.

Officials are also engaging specialized services to review current water treatment practices and make recommendations to Brunswick County Public Utilities.

More information on GenX and the continuing investigation can be found at www.brunswickcountync.gov/genx. As Brunswick County receives additional or evolving information, this webpage will be updated.