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Protest at Chemours (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY)

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington woman decided to take the GenX fight into her own hands today by organizing a protest at the Chemours plant near Fayetteville.

From Wilmington to Fayetteville, Beth Markesino organized a protest going directly to the source of GenX.

“I drove an hour-and-a-half here. This is so emotional for me to stand on these grounds, on the grounds of the place that has been poisoning for 37 years the Cape Fear region,” Markesino said.

Markesino was hoping to have an army behind her when leaving Wilmington City Hall, but instead it was a solo act.

“I don’t think it matters honestly. I mean I wish there would have been more of us, but I mean that’s ok. It’s still getting the message out there,” Markesino said.

After a couple deep breaths, Markesino made her voice heard when she approached the guards asking for someone to answer her questions.

“When you turn on your faucets tonight to make your dinners, to take your showers, to brush your teeth at night, you think about what’s in your water. Because I know what’s in my water,” Markesino said.

She said this protest was one step forward in her plan.

“I want them to know that we are here and we haven’t given up and they are on our radar and we’re after ’em,” Markesino said.

Her main objective is to put a stop to Chemours forever.

“Above all else we want to shut Chemours down. It’s not just making them pay or a slap on the wrist. We want to shut down this company,”Markesino said.

Only one other protester made the drive from Wilmington to join Markesino.


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  • Anonymous Hero

    No one else had the strength to travel that far. We are all sickly due to 37 years of Gen-X consumption. As well as Pepsi products too. New Coke also took a few years off our lives, glad they went back to Classic Coke. #BlessHerHeart

  • Heimie Schmelter

    I understand the reason to protest and this one is valid, but for goodness sake get a substantial group together to make a viable stand. Being a “loner ranger” and having to arm your 3 year old children with protest signs not only make you look silly as heck, you look desperate! Geeeez!

    • KarlaRusso

      I have e-mailed her and I am on the GenX FB page. Seems like she want to be a lone soldier.

  • funfundvierzig

    You can bet the high-paid executives of DuPont & Chemours living in the rolling countryside of Delaware on tree-lined estates do not have Teflon Toxins in the water from their gold-plated faucets or filling their outsized swimming pools!


  • funfundvierzig

    Where are all the other 300,000 people who have been unsuspectingly drinking water from the Cape Fear Watershed, secretly poisoned with extraordinarily toxic, cancer-causing Teflon chemicals by the bosses of DuPont and Shamours for years and years?


    • Heimie Schmelter

      Where is your data substantiating your claims of GenX being a “cancer causing, extraordinarily toxic chemical”? I have yet to find ANY studies or evidence that states this. Do you have a clue as to just how minuscule 140 parts per TRILLION is? Do have any idea how much carbon monoxide you inhale each and every day as you sit in traffic behind other cars? How about how many pounds of pesticide you ingest every year from buying veggies from your local grocer? What about the amount of vermin feces and hair allowed in restaurant food? I can go on and on here until you get sick from reading, but I’m only attempting to give you perspective and where your real concerns should be for you and your family. This “panic inducing news” of GenX comes completely without basis or facts that I’ve been able to find.
      One ppt:
      “It is very difficult to visualize how minute a particle one part per trillion really is. To get an idea, one ppt would be represented by a single drop of food coloring in 18 million gallons of water. Another way to view it as representing a single second out of 32,000 years. One part per trillion is one thousand times smaller than one part per billion.”

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  • Glen Thearling

    Way to go Beth!

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