NC water tests show water filter removes GenX chemical

June 23, 2018 - 1:14 pm

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Officials say water filters installed at six homes all removed a potentially harmful chemical made at an eastern North Carolina plant.

Results of the tests posted by the state Department of Environmental Quality show the activated carbon filtration systems all removed a chemical called GenX and a dozen other compounds from water near the Chemours plant in Bladen County.

The chemical has been found in hundreds of private wells around the plant and the state has been investigating how harmful it might be for years. There are no studies on how GenX might affect humans.

Department of Environmental Quality Director of Waste Management Michael Scott told The Fayetteville Observer the test data is encouraging, but more time is needed to see how long the filters last.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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