Fran Minshew’s home on a dirt road near the Cape Fear River has become a focal point for North Carolina’s environmental regulators dealing with the GenX crisis.
Minshew lives in the cutout of a forest, less than a mile north of the Chemours plant, along the Cumberland-Bladen county line. Her well was among the first sampled for GenX, the chemical compound and possible carcinogen that has since turned up in public drinking water and private wells from Cumberland County to the coast.
An initial test on Minshew’s well found GenX at 1,300 parts per trillion; the state considers 140 parts per trillion to be safe. A second test showed 1,170.
Minshew’s well had the highest concentration of GenX found until future tests would discover a private well with 4,000 parts per trillion of GenX.
Minshew, 76, has breast cancer. And she has many, many questions.
The lawsuit is just one of many that have been filed. Perhaps the biggest is a class-action filed on behalf of more than 100 people by the same law firm that is handling the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
All of the lawsuits say Chemours and DuPont misled regulators about the chemicals released into the Cape Fear River and through smokestacks at the Fayetteville Works plant.
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