Wednesday, February 21, 2024

CFPUA reports GenX levels doubled in a recent test

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority announced late Friday evening that GenX levels had nearly doubled, rising above newly-tightened health guideline levels. 

According to the CFPUA, test results from the Sweeney Water Plant were received late Friday. The results, taken from sampled taken daily between July 14 and 18, showed elevated levels of GenX. Those levels exceeded the state’s Department of Health and Human Services new health goal levels for GenX on the the final three days of testing.

The recent test results for GenX in the Sweeney water treatment plant. Highlighted dates show the most recent test batch, including higher-than-advised levels. (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY CFPUA)
The recent test results for GenX in the Sweeney water treatment plant. Highlighted dates show the most recent test batch, including higher-than-advised levels. (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY CFPUA)

According to the CFPUA, the authority must now wait for guidance from the DHHS, as it is the  “only measure CFPUA is able to operate under at this time.” The CFPUA has consulted with both DHHS and the state Department of Environmental Quality and, according to Friday evening’s release, both agencies have “committed to immediately analyze this new data.”

The CFPUA said it will share any guidance offered by those agencies as soon as it is received. The authority has also requested again the DEQ officials begin sampling the outfall for the Fayetteville plant that houses DuPont, The Chemours Company and Kuraray America.

The CFPUA is offering treated groundwater, which has tested and contains no GenX. It is available at Ogden Park, near the tennis courts, at 615 Ogden Park Drive. Fill up is available daily from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The authority is also planning a pick-up, drop-off service for the groundwater.


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