Governor Cooper to Visit Wilmington Monday For GenX Briefing


June 21, 2017

Contact: Ford Porter

Phone: 919-814-2100



Governor Cooper to Visit Wilmington Monday For GenX Briefing


RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper will travel to Wilmington on Monday for a briefing with local leaders about GenX. Governor Cooper will be joined by DEQ Secretary Michael Regan and HHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen.

The briefing will take place Monday, July 24 at 9:00 AM at the New Hanover County Government Center at 230 Government Center Drive. The briefing will be followed immediately at 10:00 AM by a public briefing open to the media in the Andre Mallette Training Center in the Government Center.

Participants in the briefing will include local, state and federal elected officials; county managers; and water system officials.

At the Governor’s direction, the NC Department of Environmental Quality along with the NC Department of Health and Human Services launched an investigation on June 14 into the presence of GenX in the Cape Fear River.

The Cooper administration and others got Chemours, the chemical’s manufacturer, to stop discharging GenX into the Cape Fear. As a result, initial water tests being conducted by DEQ show that levels of GenX in the water supply are trending down.  State officials continue to collect water samples, with samples being tested at an EPA lab in North Carolina and a private lab in Colorado.


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NC DHHS Releases Summary of Selected Cancer Rates for Counties in Cape Fear Region

DHHS provided the summary to answer questions raised about cancer during the ongoing investigation of GenX in the Cape Fear River

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) examined data from the North Carolina Central Cancer Registry and shared a summary of that analysis earlier today with four local health department directors. We are now sharing this summary more broadly, but we remind the public that the data in the registry do not identify the causes of cancer. Therefore, no conclusions can be drawn as to whether GenX or any other specific exposures contributed to cancer rates we examined.

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DHHS provided the summary to answer questions raised about cancer during the ongoing investigation of GenX in the Cape Fear River. The analysis revealed that cancer rates in the four counties were generally similar to the statewide rates of pancreatic, liver, uterine, testicular and kidney cancers. There were two exceptions where the county cancer incidence rates were higher than the state and four where the incidence rates were lower.

DHHS Deputy Secretary for Health Services Mark Benton explained that the results do not point to any consistent trends in counties that get their water from the lower Cape Fear.

“Overall the results are what we would expect to see looking at multiple types of cancer in multiple counties, with some rates below and above the state rate,” said Benton. “Many factors could influence these cancer incidence rates, including prevalence of tobacco and alcohol use, diet and lifestyle choices, and many other possible exposures – none of which are addressed in the cancer registry.”

DHHS looked at the incidence of five specific cancers in Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender Counties and compared them with statewide cancer rates from 1996 to 2015. The rates of pancreatic, liver, uterine, testicular and kidney cancers were chosen for analysis because they have been associated with GenX or other perfluorinated compounds in laboratory animal studies. The incidence rates were compared to the state rates for the entire 20-year period and separately for each five-year interval therein (1996–2000, 2001–2005, 2006–2010 and 2011–2015).

The results show that county rates for these cancers were similar to state rates, with the following exceptions:

  • New Hanover County had a higher 20-year rate of testicular cancer during 1996–2015 and a higher five-year rate of liver cancers during 2006–2010 compared with the state. NOTE: Rates of both cancers in New Hanover County were similar to the state rates during the most recent period (2011-2015).
  • Brunswick County had a lower 20-year rate of pancreatic cancer during 1996–2015; a lower five-year rate of uterine cancer during 2006–2010; and a lower five-year rate of pancreatic cancer during 2011–2015 compared with the state.
  • Bladen County had a lower 20-year rate of kidney cancer during 1996–2015 compared with the state.

The Central Cancer Registry collects, processes and analyzes data on all cancer cases diagnosed among North Carolina residents to inform the planning and evaluation of cancer control efforts. The Registry does not include information about causes of cancer or associations with specific exposures. Although the information in the summary describes cancer rates in these counties over time, only a comprehensive research study can provide information about whether a specific exposure is associated with increased rates of cancer.

Facility Relocations

The Hampstead Convenience Site and the Transfer Station scales will be permanently relocated to 250 Transfer Station Road.  Beginning August 1, you will need to use these new locations.  Both of these new facilities will be adjacent to the existing Transfer Station scales located at 312 Transfer Station Road.  Operating hours will remain the same.

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