GenX Investigation

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) began investigating the presence of a compound known as GenX in the Cape Fear River in June 2017. The Chemours facility in Fayetteville was identified as the company that produces the GenX chemical for industrial processes.

The state’s investigation focused on protection of public health and drinking water.  Through actions by DEQ and the Consent Order, Chemours  was required to stop the discharge of process wastewater, drastically reduce emissions and provide alternate water for thousand of household whose drinking water wells have been contaminated. 

Consent Order (signed Feb. 26, 2019) and related documents

Understanding PFAS

PFAS refers to a group of man-made chemicals, which includes the compound GenX.  They are widely used in commercial and consumer products such as food packaging, water- and stain-repellent fabrics, nonstick products and firefighting foams.  They are also commonly used in industrial processes and manufacturing.  Because of their widespread use, these compounds are present in household and industrial waste, air emissions and wastewater discharges.  

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