When drinking water supplies around Fayetteville, North Carolina proved to be contaminated, all fingers pointed to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) manufactured at Chemours’ Fayetteville Works plant. U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C. called a roundtable meeting to discuss the pollution. The meeting included various local officials, but the A-list attendee had to have been federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
Just before the weekend, North Carolina's Attorney General, Joshua Stein, opened an investigation of Chemours, a company recently spun off from infamous corporate polluter DuPont. The investigation will also extend to DuPont as well as all other Chemours affiliates.
Results from recent tests of the Ohio River downstream from the Chemours facility in Parkersburg, West Virginia are raising concerns among scientists over the company's “next generation” chemicals. Supposedly, these chemicals, such as “GenX,” are “safer” and less toxic than the perfluorooctanoic acid-based substances (PFOA, or C8) they were designed to replace.