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Concerns About GenX Contamination Grow In North Carolina

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Rusty Jacobs
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Last week state officials held a public forum in Bladen County to share information and address concerns about GenX, the unregulated chemical produced by Chemours that has contaminated drinking water. Many residents said they left with more questions than answers.

Meanwhile, Dutch scientists told North Carolina researchers last week that GenX and another related chemical have been found in produce and vegetation near a Chemours plant in the Netherlands. And state regulators are now testing soil to better understand spikes in GenX after big rainfalls.

Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC politics reporter Rusty Jacobs about the latest GenX news.

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
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.