Gov. Cooper meets with leaders about GenX

The company now captures and burns the chemical.

Cooper, who met Monday with local officials in Wilmington, also said the state Department of Environmental Quality would deny a permit for chemical company Chemours to continue releasing a compound known as GenX into the river from its Bladen County plant, which employs almost 1,000 workers.

Chemours' new water discharge permit is pending, Cooper said. "I assure you that I do not".

There will be a new permit draft released to Chemours preventing the release of GenX into the water supply.

The communities potentially impacted are along the Cape Fear, southeast of the discharge point by the Cumberland - Bladen County line.

Cooper admitted while GenX is the topic of discussion, there are several other unregulated emerging compounds which will require more testing.

"I have directed the North Carolina state Bureau of Investigation to assess whether a criminal investigation is warranted here".

Although Cooper and Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen insisted the drinking water is safe in the Wilmington area, some local residents found such assurances hard to swallow. "We're seeing those levels come down and that's why I'm comfortable saying that folks can continue to drink the water".

Chemours said last month that it would remove and safely dispose of wastewater that contained GenX generated at the Fayetteville plant; the negative headlines have not disrupted CC shares, which hit an all-time high in today's trade.

The Governor has requested the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conduct a public health assessment and review any potential long-term health effects from GenX.

CBS North Carolina reached out to them for a response to Monday's developments and have yet to hear back.

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