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What’s in Your Water? Science and Regulation of GenX & Emerging Contaminants

  • NCCU Law School 640 Nelson Street Durham, NC, 27707 United States (map)


Some eastern North Carolinians have been shaken by the discovery that their drinking water supplies contain GenX, a chemical that is suspected of causing health issues but that at present is not regulated. Recently, scientists found similar substances in drinking water supplies in the Triangle. The human health effects of GenX and other perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are unknown. State lawmakers, Gov. Roy Cooper and state agencies are at odds at how to proceed. What are communities and residents supposed to do to make sure their drinking water is safe? If it isn’t safe, what can they ask governments to do to fix the situation? These questions and more will be addressed at a free public forum at the N.C. Central University Law School. Panelists include Alexandra Cornelius, NCCU Law School; Lee Ferguson, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University; Robin Smith, former Assistant Secretary, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Vicki Westbrook, Assistant Director, Department of Water Management, City of Durham; Moderator: Adam Whitaker, NCCU Law School

Earlier Event: March 22
Muddy Water Watch Training
Later Event: March 23
Reusable Bag Drive