It’s no longer just The Cape Fear River. High levels of chemicals are now being found in the ground water in Fayetteville. This highlights our need to increase funding to the Departrment of Environmental Quality, the agency who’s funding has been cut over and over again and currently has a 2 year backlog. So far the GOP plan has been to increase funding to one local water utility but the problem is clearly much bigger. It is absolutely essential that we give the regulating agency the money it needs to combat this spreading problem. Water is essential!
he N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced on Sept 6 that the state was issuing a notice of violation against Chemours after the state tested 14 wells in August. Results showed concentrations as high as 61,300 parts per trillion (ppt) for GenX and 3,290 ppt for C8. DEQ also found substances in the same class of chemicals to which GenX and C8 belong called PFASs, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Such a violation can result in a fine of as much as $25,000.
“The GenX levels in some of the wells are staggering. And it remains to be seen what the levels of other PFASs are,” said Detlef Knappe, a professor at N.C. State University and member of a research team that in 2013-14 found GenX in the river and drinking water from the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.