Cumberland County hires three firms to look into potential GenX claims

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The Cumberland County Board of Commissionersunanimously approved a contract Monday withthree law firms to represent the county in its move toward potential legal action against a chemical company that has a plant in Bladen County just across the county line.

Chemours, which owns the facility just of N.C. 87, makes GenX there. The compound also is a byproduct of other processes at the plant.

More: GenX contamination found in areas far from Chemours plant

Hundreds of private wells are contaminated with GenX and similar chemicals.

GenX has been linked to cancer and other health issues in animal studies, but it isn’t known if the effect is the same in humans. Chemours officials have said the amount of GenX in the wells is not harmful.

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