DHHS Announces Results of Sampling Around Chemours Fayetteville Works Facility
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in a joint effort with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Bladen and Cumberland County Health Departments recently tested blood and urine samples of 30 people who live near Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility and rely on well water. They evaluated participants for the presence of GenX and 16 other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
The results, released last week, found no GenX in any blood or urine samples, one PFAS in a single participant's urine sample close to the lowest detectable level, nine PFAS in the blood of at least one of the 30 participants, and four PFAS in blood samples from all participants. Two PFAS (PFHxS and n-PFOS) showed up in blood samples at concentrations higher than the median, or midpoint, detection levels found in the U.S. population for those PFAS. Most PFAS were either not detected in blood or were detected at levels similar to U.S. population levels.