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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 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.
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