New PFASs discovered in Cape Fear River, North Carolina, though levels are declining

In 2015, a fluorosurfactant known by the trade name ‘GenX’ made headlines when researchers discovered it and related compounds in the Cape Fear River of North Carolina, a source of drinking water for many residents of the area. Now, researchers report that they have detected the same per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in the river, as well as some new ones, but their overall levels are decreasing.

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