We Are Currently Investigating Certain Cancers Associated With GenX Exposures In North Carolina
The Law Offices of Thomas J. Lamb in Wilmington, North Carolina has many years of experience representing people who have been injured by chemical exposures and toxic substances, or the families of those who have died. At the present time there are various uncertainties surrounding these possible cancer cases due to GenX in drinking water:
- Does exposure to GenX in drinking water cause cancer?
- How much exposure to GenX is needed to cause cancer?
- How long after one is exposed to GenX could a cancer develop?
- What specific types of cancer might GenX cause in humans?
Given the current situation, please understand that we are only investigating cases where a person was diagnosed in or after 2010 with one of the following cancers:
- Kidney cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
In addition, during the period of time starting in 2009 up until the date of their cancer diagnosis, the person must have lived in Southeastern North Carolina (from Fayetteville to the coast) for at least one (1) year.
We encourage you to submit a GenX Cancer Case Review – it is free, confidential, and there is no obligation. Or, if you prefer, call our toll-free number, (800) 426-9535, to speak directly to attorney Tom Lamb about a possible GenX cancer case. Either way, you will get Mr. Lamb’s impressions — not an intake person, a paralegal, nor some other lawyer — about your case based on his many years of experience.
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Most Recent Article On This Topic
Since 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has allowed DuPont to continue to manufacture GenX in its Chemours Fayetteville Works plant, so long as the plant captures and destroys or recycles 99% of GenX emissions.
However, up until the end of June 2017, the EPA made no inspections to ensure the plant was in compliance with this agreement. The EPA regional Atlanta office claims they were not aware of the 2009 consent order. According to a May 2020 Star News Online article:
“Region 4 personnel informed us that they do not know all the headquarters-negotiated consent orders within their region,” the inspector general report says. “In fact, they did not know about the 2009 consent order with Chemours until the inspection was requested.”
However, recent inspections of the plant by the EPA show no violations of the consent order at the Fayetteville Works plant. Chemours says it ended intentional discharge of GenX into the Cape Fear in 2019. Since then, the company has built a thermal oxidizer to extract GenX emissions before they reach the atmosphere. Additionally, the company has provided bottled water and filter systems to some residents who have been affected by GenX contamination.
To read more of this article, click below:
PFAS Contamination Still an Issue
Recent studies showed raw water supplies for at least 150 public utilities in North Carolina contained some level of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including GenX. The threshold for what constitutes a “dangerous” level of PFAS contamination is widely disputed. Currently, there is no federal regulation for these compounds. According to a July 2020 NC Policy Watch article:
The [North Carolina] state health department has set an provisional goal of 140 ppt for GenX. The EPA has set a recommended threshold of 70 ppt for PFOA and PFOS combined. And NC DEQ has stated that no one should drink water with levels of any individual PFAS above 10 ppt.
A recent NC State and ECU study conducted on Wilmington residents showed the community’s battle with PFAS is far from over. A July 2020 article posted by NC State said:
Ten PFAS were found in most of the blood samples. Three of these were the fluoroethers Nafion byproduct 2, PFO4DA and PFO5DoA, all of which were detected in over 85% of samples. Two other fluoroethers, PFO3OA and NVHOS, were infrequently detected.
Nearly all the samples collected had at least on fluoroether present. GenX, however, was not present in any of the samples.[Read article in full at original source]
Our earlier articles about this GenX cancers situation:
- Chemours’ PFAS Chemical Reduction Plans: Are They Enough?
- Where GenX and Other PFAS Chemicals are Recently Being Detected
- GenX and Other PFAS Chemicals Found at High Levels
- GenX Levels in Water: Is the Cape Fear River Region Still at Risk?
- UNCW Researchers Identify GenX in Rainwater and Sediment from the Cape Fear River
- Is the NC Senate’s GenX Bill Sufficient to Address GenX Contamination?
- Judge Consolidates Five Existing GenX Contamination Lawsuits
- New Hanover County Residents Tested for GenX Exposure in New Study
- Chemours Ordered to Capture Additional GenX Wastewater by DEQ
- DuPont and Chemours Sued by CFPUA for Environmental Law Violations
- Chemours Claims Unfair Treatment by DEQ
- High Levels of GenX Found in Groundwater at Fayetteville Works Plant
- Recent GenX Regulatory Action: August 2017