June 27, 2018

Study also looked at sediment and water in lake north of facility

GenX and similar potentially harmful compounds were found in fish, sediment and water at a lake near a Bladen County plant, state documents show.

The state Department of Environmental Quality conducted a preliminary study of Marshwood Lake in March and April. The results were presented to the Science Advisory Board this month.

The tests took samples from three types of fish, sediment from two locations around the lake, and water from two places in the lake and at the spring that feeds it. The lake is about a mile north of the Chemours plant, which is off N.C. 87 near the Cumberland County line. The facility makes GenX, which also is a byproduct of other processes there.

The tests looked for GenX, PFOA, PFOS and 30 other similar compounds.

PFOA, which is an acronym for perfluorooctanoic acid, also is known as C8 because it has eight carbon atoms. PFOS, which is short for perfluorooctane sulfonate, also has eight carbon atoms.

The complete article can be accessed at The Fayetteville Observer.