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Posted on: June 20, 2018

[ARCHIVED] CFPUA Acknowledges Release of a US DHHS Report on PFAS Health Impacts


Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is aware of the release of a United States Department of Health and Human Services report on the health impacts of certain PFAS compounds. CFPUA staff has a copy of the report, and we are currently working to understand its findings and their relevance to PFAS levels in the finished water of Sweeney Water Treatment Plant. 

 PFAS compounds are part of a group of compounds known as emerging contaminants—compounds that are not regulated in drinking water. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has established a combined health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion for the PFAS compounds known as PFOA and PFOS. In 2017, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services established a health goal for GenX of 140 parts per trillion. Health advisory levels are non-enforceable recommendations meant to serve as guidelines for public water suppliers such as CFPUA.

 CFPUA will continue to work with our partners at North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, and we will update the community as we learn more. To see the most recent testing results for PFAS compounds at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant, please visit our website.

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