NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – This afternoon, New Hanover County received DEQ’s results from their GenX water sampling as well as the revised health assessment from DHHS. Below is a statement from New Hanover County’s Health Director Phillip Tarte:
The data from the state shows that the level of GenX in our water is substantially trending downward, and it is less than what was observed in the 2013 study.
The revised health assessment changes the level of GenX that is considered safe in our drinking water, lowering it from the state’s preliminary health assessment in June. In consultation with the EPA, state regulators lowered this amount to 140 parts per trillion based on additional research and data that the state was able to evaluate.
The data that we have now is important to consider, as is the new health assessment. More research has to be done by the state and by the EPA on the human health effects. And more must be done to stop the discharge of any and all unregulated compounds into the Cape Fear River.
View the state’s press release reviewing the recent data here, as well as their accompanying FAQ here. For further information about the state’s results and health assessment, please contact Chris Mackey, with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, at 919-855-4840 or 919-441-3577, or Jamie Kritzer, with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality at 919-707-8602 or 919-218-5935.
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