THE RESULTS ARE IN …
GENX EXPOSURE STUDY COMMUNITY MEETING ON NOVEMBER 10
Our partners at NC State University’s GenX Exposure Study will host a free, open-to-the-public community meeting to reveal the results of the 2019 blood sampling field study from Fayetteville area residents.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
HOPE MILLS RECREATION CENTER
5766 Rockfish Road in Hope Mills
In-person attendance is limited to 100 people
Masks are required inside the recreation center
Join virtually HERE
WHAT IS PFAS?
For years, researchers have detected per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances – a class of chemicals known as PFAS – in the water and air of the Cape Fear River Basin, from Pittsboro to Wilmington. These compounds (which include PFOS, PFOA and GenX) are in thousands of consumer products such as stain- and waterproof fabrics, fire retardants, cosmetics, cookware and food containers. Scientific studies have demonstrated that PFAS and other “forever” chemicals can linger in the environment and our bodies indefinitely and can have adverse impacts on our natural resources and our public health.
In 2017, chemical company Chemours (which operates near the Cape Fear River at the Cumberland-Bladen County line) released GenX into the river, contaminating private wells in Cumberland and Bladen Counties and the municipal water supply in Brunswick and New Hanover Counties. The NC Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) has required Chemours to mitigate and remediate the effects of GenX and similar chemicals in the region.
HOW IS SUSTAINABLE SANDHILLS INVOLVED?
Sustainable Sandhills is collaborating with partners across the state including NC State University, East Carolina University and the NC PFAS Testing Network to educate our communities about these emerging contaminants, conduct field research, leverage stakeholders and encourage lawmakers to act to prevent industries from releasing pollutants into our water and air.
PFAS IN THE NEWS …
We are pleased to share that the United States Environmental Protection Agency has released its PFAS Strategic Roadmap to combat emerging contaminants in our water and air. The Roadmap is centered on three guiding strategies: increase investments in research, leverage authorities to encourage legislation that restricts the use and release of PFAS chemicals and accelerate the remediation of PFAS contamination. This plan is a critical step in the right direction toward cleaner, healthier and safer communities.
MORE RESOURCES …
PFAS EXPLAINED, FROM THE EPA
NC STATE UNIVERSITY’S GENX EXPOSURE STUDY