Some 60,000 Wilmington, N.C., residents get their drinking water from the Cape Fear River.
The plant is situated on a 2,100-acre property on the Cape Fear River in Fayetteville. It is there where a chemical called GenX — a potentially cancer-causing substance that is a byproduct of DuPont and Chemours’ manufacturing processes — is produced.
Wilmington residents are demanding to know if those toxic chemicals are making their way downriver into the city’s drinking water.
The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority co-authored a three-year study on the chemical’s elevated presence in the water. But as CBS News’ Jericka Duncan reports, the findings were never made available to the general public — not even to Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.