State environmental officials announced today they have instructed Chemours to provide bottled water to 11 households whose private wells tested above the health goal of 140 parts per trillion set for GenX.
Chemours conducted the sampling, but the state is reviewing the protocol and results, so the findings are still preliminary. To date, Chemours has received preliminary test results for 32 residential wells for people living near the facility. GenX was not detected in 13.
Most of the affected households are north of the plant, said DEQ Communications Director Jamie Kritzer, and within a mile radius.
DEQ is independently sampling private drinking water wells not only for GenX but two other perfluorinated compounds, including C8. As of Wednesday, DEQ had collected water samples for 31 residential wells in Bladen and Cumberland counties. Results are not yet available.
DEQ began the sampling program after groundwater monitoring wells — which are not used for drinking water — near the plant tested high for GenX and similar compounds. Those results prompted DEQ to issue a Notice of Violation to Chemours because the exceedances violated the state’s groundwater rules.