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The purpose of this study is to assess current exposure to GenX and related chemicals in people living in the Lower Cape Fear River Basin. We are measuring GenX and other chemicals in blood, urine, and drinking water to help answer questions for North Carolina residents.

Welcome to the new website for the GenX Exposure Study.                                                As the principal investigator for this study, I have made it a top priority to share information about our results to our study participants before anyone else. I’d like to thank everyone for their patience as we navigate new territory in this study exploring the presence of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in Wilmington and Fayetteville, NC residents.                                                                                        On this website, you will find information about the team behind the study, our study methods, and preliminary results. This work is in very early stages, and still requires other experts to review our data. Science is a process and takes time, and we are excited to share these details with you.                                                              Continue checking our site for study updates, and eventual blog posts from our team that will highlight some of the scientific work that goes on behind the scenes. If you have any questions about the GenX Exposure Study, please reach out to us using the information on our “Contact” page. 
– Jane Hoppin

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GenX is a chemical used in Teflon™ production and has been detected in the Cape Fear River — the drinking water source for numerous communities. GenX is part of a family of chemicals known as PFAS. To learn more about how our study fits into the national discussion of PFAS, visit our “Study Details” page.

Scientists from North Carolina State University, East Carolina University, and the US Environmental Protection Agency have been working closely with community leaders from New Hanover County to develop the GenX Exposure Study. The study was first discussed at a Water Wednesday Forum sponsored by Clean Cape Fear on July 26, 2017. In 2018, as we learned more about well contamination in the community around the chemical plant in Fayetteville, we expanded the study to include these individuals as well.