On Wednesday state officials announced that Chemours has been ordered to provide bottled water to 30 more well owners after elevated levels of GenX were found after another round of testing.
After testing the expanded range from the Fayetteville Works Facility the total number of well owners being provided bottled water due to GenX concentrations above the state provisional health goal has risen to 115.
“Private well sampling will continue until we find where the contamination ends,” Michael Scott, director of the Division of Waste Management in the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), said. “We will ensure that Chemours is providing bottled water to those homeowners’ with elevated concentrations of GenX, and work with Bladen and Cumberland counties to develop long-term solutions for clean water.”
At DEQ’s direction, Chemours expanded its sampling range to 450 parcels one mile from the facility’s property boundary.
The latest test results stem from samples collected Oct. 12 through Nov. 15 and of the 101 wells tested 30 showed concentrations of GenX above the state’s health goal of 140 parts per trillion.
Of the remaining 71 wells tested, 41 showed detections of GenX below the health goal and 30 wells showed no detection.
The remainder of the data from the testing is still being received and verified, according to DEQ officials.
So far, samples from 349 wells have been collected and verified from both the initial sampling by DEQ and Chemours, and the more recent expanded sampling.
Of those, 144 had detections of GenX below the provisional health goal while 90 showed no detections of GenX.
Last month, DEQ cited Chemours with violating the conditions of its wastewater discharge permit because of the company’s failure to report an Oct. 6 spill.
The spill was not uncovered until DEQ received testing data back from the Environmental Protection Agency showing elevated levels of GenX in the Cape Fear River.
After DEQ questioned Chemours, facility managers admitted that an undetermined amount of C3 Dimer Acid Fluoride for the facility’s Vinyl Ethers South Stack spilled onto the ground on Oct. 6, and over the next three days was washed into one of the facility’s outfalls and discharged into the Cape Fear River.
After uncovering the spill, DEQ started the process to revoke Chemours’ wastewater permit.
At the same time DEQ also moved to suspend Chemours’ wastewater discharge permit while the process to revoke the permit moved forward, suspending the permit on Nov. 30.