RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – State officials have reported a spike in the levels of the chemical GenX in water released from a plant near Fayetteville.
The spike was detected in results from late October and early November from water discharged from Chemours’ plant near the Cumberland-Bladen county line, the state Department of Environmental Quality said in a news release.
“DEQ is investigating the cause of the spike and has demanded answers from Chemours, which is supposed to be capturing GenX rather than releasing it into the Cape Fear River,” officials wrote.
The rise to 2,400 parts per trillion from Oct. 27 to Oct. 30 and 290 parts per trillion for Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 exceeded the state’s provisional drinking water health goal of 140 parts per trillion, officials said.
DEQ recently cited Chemours for a spill Oct. 6 that led to a spike to 3,700 parts per trillion at the plant’s discharge point and moved to revoke Chemours’ permit to discharge wastewater.