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Greensboro Tries To Curb Contaminants In Its Water

City of Greensboro
An aerial photo of one of Greensboro's water plants. This is the Mitchell facility located close to downtown

  A team of researchers from universities across the state will begin testing air and municipal water samples throughout North Carolina this month in search of potentially-toxic compounds.

They are aiming to measure the amount of perfluorinated compounds, chemicals like GenX, that have been used for decades to create commercial products like water-repellent clothing and nonstick cookware. GenX has been detected in the Cape Fear River, and chemicals similar to GenX were also found in Greensboro’s water supply earlier this summer.


Host Frank Stasio talks to WFDD education and environment reporter Keri Brown about Greensboro’s efforts to reduce chemicals found in their water supply. Brown also shares her reporting on potential contaminants in Guilford County schools.


Amanda Magnus is the editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships and health. She's also the lead producer for on-demand content at WUNC and has worked on "Tested" and "CREEP."
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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