GenX emissions into Cape Fear River gets legislative attention

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RALEIGH – State Senators Michael Lee (R-New Hanover), Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick), Wesley Meredith (R-Cumberland), Trudy Wade (R-Guilford) and Andy Wells (R-Catawba) have introduced legislation to make available an extensive network of world-class scientists, over one hundred mass spectrometers, and other resources within the University of North Carolina system to analyze water samples and conduct research on ways to improve water quality in areas of the state affected by GenX.

Last year, the Chemours Company near Fayetteville announced that it will capture, remove, and safely dispose of wastewater that contains the byproduct GenX generated from fluoromonomers production at its manufacturing near the Cape Fear. The company maintains that GenX emissions from its Fayetteville facility have not impacted the safety of drinking water.

“Water quality is not a political issue — it is a public health issue, and a deeply personal issue to me,” said Sen. Michael Lee in a press release. “The health of my constituents in Southeast North Carolina, neighbors and family depend on what we do, and I am pleased this bill will leverage the expertise of our university system’s world-renowned scientists and utilize state-of-the-art equipment that already belongs to our taxpayers to research ways to improve and protect our drinking water.’