WRAL Documentary: 'Forever Chemicals: North Carolina's Toxic Tap Water'
For decades, a North Carolina company dumped massive amounts of toxic chemicals into the Cape Fear River. These "forever chemicals" contaminated the river, air and groundwater surrounding the plant. The new WRAL Documentary, "Forever Chemicals: North Carolina's Toxic Tap Water," made its debut Wednesday night on WRAL.
The level of contamination to hundreds of thousands of people was discovered five years ago. Yet even today, thousands of people are still forced to use the contaminated water.
WRAL Investigative Documentary Reporter Cristin Severance co-reported on this important topic with Liz McLaughlin, WRAL's reporter covering climate change impacts and environmental issues.
"We spent months traveling to the contaminated areas and talking with the people still living with contaminated water," said WRAL Investigative Documentary Reporter Cristin Severance.
"It’s shocking that people are still fighting to get clean water in North Carolina in 2023."
It's one of the most pivotal contamination stories in the United States, and it is going on right here in our state.
"This documentary is an example of WRAL's dedication to covering crucial environmental topics that impact thousands of North Carolinians yet remain underreported," said WRAL Enterprise Executive Producer Ashley Talley.
"I'm so proud of the collaboration between our documentary team, including Cristin Severance and new, award-winning photojournalist Dwayne Myers along with Liz McLaughlin, our climate change reporter, who shines a light on these issues year-round. This documentary is an important story that needs to be told."
The latest WRAL Doc, "Forever Chemicals," shows how this contamination happened and highlights demands from families who want to know if drinking toxic water for years has led to health problems including cancer and birth defects.
When and How to Watch "Forever Chemicals: North Carolina's Toxic Tap Water"
Premiered on WRAL-TV on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m.
Rebroadcast on WRAZ FOX50 on Saturday, Aug. 26, at noon.
Rebroadcast on WILM-TV in Wilmington on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m.
Available for on-demand viewing on wraldocumentary.com, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku and Samsung Smart TV beginning Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m.
The documentary will premiere on WRAL Doc’s YouTube on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 8 p.m.
Follow Forever Chemicals on social media using #wraldoc.
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