County Statement on GenX Issue

7/24/2017 4:00:00 PM


Brunswick County Statement Following
Meeting with Governor Cooper
           
Bolivia, NC – Frank Williams, Chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners, has released the following statement following this morning’s meeting with Governor Roy Cooper:

“This morning, I joined a bipartisan group of State Legislators and leaders from neighboring counties in a productive meeting with Governor Cooper. I am encouraged by the commitment of the Governor, the Department of Environmental Quality and the Division of Health and Human Services to assessing—and remedying—issues related to our water supply. I am particularly appreciative of the Governor’s insistence that state employees treat the GenX issue as if their own families are drinking the affected water every day. This is the type of leadership we have been looking to the State for, and I am glad that Governor Cooper has heeded our call. While there is still a lot of work to do, I was encouraged by what I heard this morning. Brunswick County remains committed to working with our Local, State and Federal partners on behalf of our citizens.”
Residents are encouraged to visit http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/genx/ for the most up-to-date information.
 
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Results from July 6 Water Testing

7/21/2017 2:36:00 PM


Brunswick County GenX Test Results
           
Bolivia, NC – Brunswick County has received additional results of testing for GenX in the water supply. Samples taken on July 6 revealed levels of 85.6 parts per trillion in the Northwest Water Treatment Plant’s raw water source, and 87.l parts per trillion in the finished water source.
 
NC Health and Human Services has established the health goal for exposure to GenX in drinking water at 140 nanograms per liter (also referred to as parts per trillion).
 
These samples were taken before Chemours ceased the discharge of GenX into the Cape Fear River.
 
“We are working closely with our partners at the State of North Carolina to analyze the health and safety of our water supply, and to determine potential corrective actions,” said Ann Hardy, Brunswick County Manager. “We are committed to transparency with any issue related to our water supply, and we will continue to release test results as they become available.  I encourage the public to visit our website and social media channels for up-to-date information.”
 
More information can be found at http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/genx/

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Plans released for Leland Town Center

7/20/2017 4:44:00 PM


Developers shared plans this week for a 60-acre project that will be called Leland Town Center, including the center's first tenant and other details.

The first phase of what's planned to be among the largest retail centers in the county will include four buildings. Leland Town Center is eventually expected to hold 250,000-square-feet of commercial space bordered by Ploof Road, U.S. 17 and Ocean Gate Plaza in Leland, said Doug Horack, development partner in Charleston, South Carolina-based Twin Rivers Capital.

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More GenX Water Information

7/19/2017 2:51:00 PM


Can we use the water?
 
DHHS does not recommend that the general populations or specific groups stop using the municipal water.  This is based upon the following:
 
  • Levels of GenX in the most recent samples of finished drinking water are near or below the health goal (based on a lifetime of exposure to the most vulnerable population);
  • The levels of GenX are trending downward; and
  • Releases from Chemours are being mitigated.
 
DHHS will continue to review results as they are received from DEQ and make health recommendations accordingly.
 
What do we know about cancer effects for GenX?
 
There are no studies in humans and limited animal studies on cancers related to GenX.  One animal study reported increased rates of specific cancers including pancreatic, liver, and testicular cancer.  Whether or not animal effects will be the same in humans is not known.  Based on conversations with EPA, there is not enough information at this time to identify a specific level of GenX that might be associated with an increased risk for cancer. 
 
What is recommended for people who have had long-term exposure to GenX?
 
The long-term health effects of GenX in humans are not known. Routine preventative medical care is important to identify health conditions early. Please consult your health care provider if you have specific concerns about your health. 

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North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
This information has also been added to www.brunswickcountync.gov/genx, where the County is posting information as we learn it or as new information is released.
 

 

Additional GenX Test Results Received

7/17/2017 9:52:00 AM


           
Bolivia, NC – Brunswick County has received additional results of testing for GenX in the water, from samples taken June 29, that showed no detectable level of GenX in treated water from the 211 Water Treatment Plant at 0 parts per trillion and showed levels of 64 parts per trillion in the Northwest Water Treatment Plant’s raw water source.
 
NC DEQ also released results of its testing, showing GenX in finished water from the Northwest Water Treatment Plant at 51 and 52 parts per trillion on the same day as Brunswick County’s raw water sample. NCDEQ also released test results from other days of sampling. (https://deq.nc.gov/state-releases-first-water-quality-data-updated-health-information-genx-cape-fear-river-0)
 
These results follow earlier test results, which showed 32.8 parts per trillion in the finished water from the Northwest Water Treatment Plant in samples taken by Brunswick County. This week, Brunswick County also received test results for 1,4-Dioxane in the water. These results showed less than the smallest detectable level in treated water from the Northwest Water Treatment Plant, but showed 1.3 parts per billion in treated water from the 211 Water Treatment Plant.
 
On Friday, NC Health and Human Services lowered the health goal for exposure to GenX in drinking water to 140 nanograms per liter (also referred to as parts per trillion). Though the health goal number has been lowered, recent testing results in Brunswick County have been and continue to be below this level.
 
“We are committed to continued testing and to sharing information with the public when we receive or learn of it,” said County Manager Ann Hardy. “We know the importance to our customers of having quality water, and we are working with outside engineers and other experts to determine any corrective actions that may be needed or steps that should be taken. While we have confidence in our water, we want to make sure we explore all options available.”