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North Carolina testing wells for chemical contamination

Posted 10:54 a.m. Friday

— Environmental officials are testing how far the chemical GenX has spread in groundwater in North Carolina.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports the testing comes after elevated levels of GenX were found in groundwater at Chemours' Fayetteville Works plant.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality said testing of well water samples at about 40 properties next to the plant would begin Friday.

Julie Woosley with the agency's hazardous waste section said depending on the results, officials may want additional sampling in the St. Pauls area.

Chemours plans to independently test 97 nearby groundwater sites.

State officials have been investigating chemical runoffs into the Cape Fear River, a water source for more than 200,000 people downstream from the Bladen County plant.

GenX is an unregulated compound used to make Teflon.

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