Concerns are growing around the Wilmington, North Carolina area that the Cape Fear River, which supplies water to over 60,000 residents, is contaminated with the chemical known as “GenX”. Many residents are pointing a company called Chemours, a spinoff organization from DuPont Chemical Company, as the responsible party for the contamination.
GenX is a potentially cancer-causing substance that is a byproduct of DuPont and Chemours' manufacturing processes at their upstream plant in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on the Cape Fear River. According to DuPont, GenX is a safer alternative to “C8”, another chemical that DuPont used in the past, but which it has since discontinued. But a January 2013 report detailing the results on the biological effects of GenX, conducted by DuPont itself, showed that when lab rats were exposed to GenX, there were correlary increases in cell tumor within the rats’ pancreaus and testicles.
On June 20, 2017, Chemours announced that it would stop using GenX in its manufacturing process in its Fayetteville plant. It maintains, however, that GenX is safe.
Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP is investigating this matter for a possible class action. If you believe that your water is contaminated with GenX or you live in Fayetteville, Wilmington, or the Cape Fear River water shed area, please complete the survey below to share your experience.