GenX Plant to Supply Clean Water to Nearby Residents

State environmental officials are directing a chemical company to provide bottled water to 11 homes near its North Carolina plant.

The state Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday that preliminary test results showed residential water wells containing the little-studied compound GenX in amounts exceeding a state health target. The need for bottled water wasn’t established in 21 other nearby wells.

Delaware-based Chemours Co. said in a statement that it will provide neighbors whose wells showed elevated levels of the chemical free bottled water until a long-term solution is found.

GenX is a relatively new, unregulated chemical with little scientific data about its health effects. It is similar to other chemicals suspected of increasing cancer risks.

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