Due to the extremely high levels of GenX and other toxic chemicals found in the groundwater at the Fayetteville Works Plant, Chemours was issued a notice of violation by the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on September 6, 2017.
In August 2017, 14 wells on the site were tested and GenX was found in concentrations as high as 61,300 parts per trillion (ppt).
C8–the toxic chemical that has been shown to cause kidney, testicular, and pancreatic cancer–was also found in the groundwater, among other known carcinogens in the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) class. However, the levels of the other PFAS have not yet been determined.
Although no limit has yet been determined for GenX, specifically, the amount of GenX in the groundwater exceeded the amount allowable for “substances which are not naturally occurring and for which no standard is specified” (15A NCAC 2L .0202(c)).
As such, Chemours was cited with a notice of violation, and may face a fine for up to $25,000.
In light of the discovery of GenX in the aforementioned wells, the wells of residents who live near the Fayetteville plant are currently being tested for the presence of GenX and other toxic chemicals.
However, the test results will not be known until the information session that will be held on September 14th.
Once this information has been released, we will post it to the following page: GenX Contamination of Fayetteville Well Water: Who is at Risk?
- GenX Cancers Overview
- Summary of Information
- Timeline: GenX Contamination of the Cape Fear River
- Timeline: GenX Study Results
- GenX: Cancer Case Evaluation Form
Written by: Heather Helmendach, Legal Assistant
Law Offices of Thomas J. Lamb, P.A.