On June 20, 2017, Chemours announced that it will capture, remove and safely dispose of wastewater containing the byproduct GenX. State and federal regulators have confirmed that they will continue testing water and investigating this issue.
View the Chemours announcement (June 20, 2017)
The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), in consultation with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, is leading a state investigation into the presence of GenX in the lower Cape Fear River.
City of Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, in conjunction with other area officials, has invited Chemours, the NCDEQ and the EPA to participate in a public forum.
- View the City Council Resolution Calling On Chemours and Government Agencies to Protect the Health of Wilmington and New Hanover County Residents (June 20, 2017)
- Watch a video of City Council approving the above resolution (June 20, 2017)
- View a press release from the NCDEQ about water testing for GenX (June 19, 2017)
- View New Hanover County release regarding meeting with Chemours (June 14, 2017; 10:47 a.m.)
The City of Wilmington is working with Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) and New Hanover County to get more information and better understand the recent news of GenX in CFPUA’s drinking water.
New Hanover County has asked the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) to take the lead on researching this issue as quickly as possible in order to evaluate the nature, extent and potential impacts of GenX. Additionally, local officials have spoken with the Chemours Company and will be meeting with experts from the company during the week of June 11 to better understand the situation and any possible health risks. The NCDEQ has also been asked to attend.
The city is working with New Hanover County and CFPUA to keep the public up to date about what we know as we get more information.
Please visit other agency links to the right for additional information.