Toxic chemicals have been found in water near the Chemours plant near Wilmington, NC. Wells at least 16 miles away from the facility have tested positive for potentially toxic compounds, with more than 4660 wells having at least one of the compounds. The contamination is in the Stedman, NC area acording to the NC Department of Environmental Quality. More than 260 homes in the area were found to have more than the 140 parts per trillion of the chemical GenX in their well water. Other wells at over 4600 homes in the same area found PFAS in their well water.
GenX is a PFAS compound made at Chemours. Tests have linked GenX to several forms of cancer, although Chemours officials have said that the amount found is not harmful. Chemours toxic contamination in area waterways has already been a flashpoint of concern in recent years.
Chemours is a spin-off of chemical maker DuPont.