Pender County responds to reports of GenX in water


BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County Board of Commissioners  is working with the EPA, state, and local officials to monitor the possible impacts of GenX found in the Cape Fear River.

“Pender County Utilities takes seriously its commitment to providing safe, quality drinking water to its citizens and customers,” said George Brown, chairman of the board of commissioners.

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Brown says in light of recent reports of GenX found in the Cape Fear River, they are working to learn more about the chemical allegedly released into the water system by the Chemours Company in Fayetteville.

Pender County Utilities Director Michael Mack says Pender County Utilities joins other area water providers in saying water meets or exceeds all federal and state drinking water standards, but there are currently no standards for GenX. The compound is a key ingredient in Teflon and is made at a plant along the Cape Fear River near the Cumberland-Bladen county line. GenX was found in CFPUA’s water supply and cannot be filtered out.

“We are working diligently with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality,” said Brown. “That said, we’re concerned about what we don’t know about GenX and the impact – if any – it has in our drinking water.”

Pender County, as well as Brunswick County Public Utilities and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority draw portions of their raw water supply from the Cape Fear River.

“The EPA has a process to evaluate new chemicals to determine their potential impact at different levels and to set quality and safety standards,” said Brown. “At this time, data is not readily available on whether or not this is a chemical of concern. The EPA is in a better position to make these evaluations and we are actively seeking additional information from DEQ.”