FAYETTTEVILLE, N.C. — The company that makes a chemical that has been found in private wells near its North Carolina plant wants to install water filter systems at homes served by those wells.

State records show Chemours wants to put carbon treatment systems in the wells, The Fayetteville Observer reported.

The compound GenX is used in nonstick cookware and other products and is made at Chermours’ plant in Bladen County. State environmental officials have been investigating since GenX was found in the Cape Fear River in 2016. Chemours has since agreed to stop discharging it into the river, but it has been found in more than 250 private wells near the plant. Chemours has been providing bottled water to homes with elevated levels of GenX.

GenX has been linked to several forms of cancer in animal studies, but it is not known if the effect is the same in humans.

A letter from Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Waste Management Director Michael E. Scott on Jan. 19 did not say how many homes would be involved in Chemours’ plans to install the filters.

The company had said it wanted to start the work Jan. 22, but Scott’s letter said the department would not be able to review the plan and make a decision by that date.

Scott recommended not implementing the plan or telling residents about it until it receives state approval.

He recommended that the company start with a pilot program at four homes for at least three months while continuing to provide bottled water.

State officials plan to discuss the carbon filter idea at a meeting at Bladen Community College on Thursday.


Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com