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Company sued over air, water pollution claims in NC

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(AP) — A federal lawsuit seeks to stop a company from continuing to allow little-studied industrial compounds to get into the Cape Fear River in eastern North Carolina.

The Southern Environmental Law Center said in a news release Wednesday that it’s filed a lawsuit for Cape Fear River Watch against The Chemours Co. The lawsuit says the company based in Wilmington, Delaware is contaminating the water and air with GenX and other chemicals from its Fayetteville Public Works facility.

GenX is an unregulated chemical that’s used in nonstick surfaces such as Teflon. It was discovered last year in the Cape Fear River.

The lawsuit says the pollution violates the Clean Water Act and Toxic Substances Control Act.

Chemours spokeswoman Alvenia Scarborough said Wednesday the company disagrees that it violated the laws cited.

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