Attorney General Josh Stein announced that his office would begin investigations into “forever chemicals” and their source, WRAL reports. Chemicals like PFAS and GenX have contaminated drinking water in southeastern North Carolina. The state will “look into manufacturers and other possible sources” of origin, according to WRAL.
PFAS are commonly used in industry and do not break down after use, according to the article. Stein says they also accumulate in human bodies and pose a threat to health. A report led by NC State in 2017 brought attention to “significant amounts” of GenX pollutants in the Cape Fear River, a source of drinking water.
“North Carolinians expect and deserve clean water to drink,” said Stein. “The emergence of forever chemicals like PFAS has led to significant and dangerous pollution – and we must hold those responsible accountable.”