Thirteen of 14 monitoring wells near Chemours’s Fayetteville plant exceeded state groundwater standards for GenX and other perfluorinated compounds, prompting state environmental officials to issue a Notice of Violation to the company.
The NC Department of Environmental Quality announced the results today. The groundwater monitoring wells are not a source of drinking water.
DEQ and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services also alerted health officials in Bladen and Cumberland counties to the preliminary test results. The state said it will perform initial testing for people who live near Chemours while requiring the company to produce a comprehensive testing and compliance plan.
The immediate area around the plant, which lies south of Fayetteville, is woods and a solar farm, but there are homes within a mile and Camp Dixie, a summer retreat for kids is within two miles. The flow of groundwater depends on several factors, including slope, soil type and the nature of the bedrock.
An information session is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6–7:30 p.m. at St. Pauls Middle School, 526 W. Shaw St., in St. Pauls to answer residents’ questions about the contamination.
Additional results are pending from two more labs that are testing the samples.