By JESS MANCINI
The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Chemours at the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will sample water wells around the Washington Works for the chemical that succeeded C8 in the Teflon-manufacturing process.
GenX is produced at a Chemours facility at Fayetteville, N.C., where over the past few years the chemical has been identified by EPA and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality in the Cape Fear River, several water supplies downstream from that facility and in groundwater wells at and around the Fayetteville facility, said a letter from Kate McManus, acting director of the EPA Water Protection Division, dated Jan. 11 to Andrew Harten, principal project manager-corporate remediation for Chemours.
Chemours is providing bottled water to residential well owners in the vicinity of the Fayetteville facility whose drinking water samples showed levels of GenX above North Carolina’s health goal of 140 parts per trillion, the letter said.
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