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EPA Says GenX Not Present in Treated Water in West Virginia, Ohio


The Environmental Protection Agency said a little-studied chemical compound has not been found in treated drinking water that came from contaminated wells in Ohio and West Virginia.

The Parkersburg News & Sentinel reports the agency requested Chemours to test the water at 10 private wells in Ohio and West Virginia, as well as four public systems, over concerns of GenX contamination. GenX was found in a North Carolina river last year, where it contaminated area drinking water.
The EPA posted the results of testing this week. The unregulated compound was found in untreated water in nine wells near Chemours’ Washington Works facility, but wasn’t detected in treated water.

GenX is used to make products like nonstick cookware, and has been linked to several forms of cancer in animal studies.