PFOA is four times the national average.
Ocean Priselac has not taken a sip of tap water since news broke about GenX in June 2017. She also stopped eating meals out, orders seafood online, and gives her pet turtles bottled water to avoid exposure to unknown chemicals.
Still, Priselac and 344 other people got a letter in the mail this week alerting them that their blood tested positive for a cocktail of man-made compounds including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
“I’ve got pretty much everything that we’ve been talking about in my blood,” said Priselac. Her blood concentrations were highest for Nafion byproduct 2, manufactured by the company Chemours at its Fayetteville Works site.
“I wasn’t surprised. I wasn’t happy at all. I was livid all over again. I’ve been one of the few who has really outraged over this because I’ve watched pets and people die," said Priselac.
Blood results revealed in public forum
On Tuesday night, researchers with the “GenX Exposure Study” revealed their findings that blood samples of 345 New Hanover County residents tested positive for several PFAS, but not GenX. More than 50 people gathered at Cape Fear Community College to hear these discoveries shared publicly for the first time.
“Wilmington and maybe other parts of the Lower Cape Fear River are uniquely exposed to these chemicals compared to other populations,” said Jane Hoppin, ScD, principal investigator. “We don't know whether there are health effects associated with these, but we do know that exposure is unique and we need to understand that.”
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Cohen Milstein is Interim Co-Lead Class Counsel in Carey, et al., v. E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Co., Inc., et al., a consolidated class action against Chemours and former parent DuPont concerning GenX exposure.