May 18, 2018

Electrical discharges that resemble lightning bolts might one day eradicate the contamination of wells around a Bladen County plant.

Researchers at Clarkson University in New York are using plasma charges to destroy two suspected carcinogens that have been found in wells around the Chemours plant, which is off N.C. 87 near the Cumberland County line. The process also could provide a way to treat a similar compound that has contaminated hundreds of wells around the facility.

The work is part of a federal grant that focuses on how to clean water contaminated with PFOA and PFOS. Both compounds have been found in wells around the Chemours plant, which is near the Cumberland and Bladen county lines.

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