PFAS Exchange
Connecting Communities
 
Communities across the U.S. are responding to the PFAS contamination crisis by organizing and advocating for safe drinking water. This map shows sites with known contamination and where organizations are working for stronger health and environmental protections. Plug into a group working in your community, form a new group, or connect with others facing similar challenges.

Connecting Communities > United States > North Carolina

Is there a PFAS contamination site near you? Use our interactive map to find out.

* This map focuses on sites where PFAS have been detected in the environment (groundwater, soil, and surface water), or in drinking water where the contamination is linked to a specific source and not merely the result of testing a water supply system.

Connect with North Carolina

LEGEND
PFAS Contamination Site

Information about contamination sites comes from the PFAS Contamination Site Tracker, a project of the PFAS Project Lab at the Northeastern University.

North Carolina Contamination Areas

  1. 81st RSC: E. Earle Rives AFRC
    Firefighting foam used at 81st RSC: E. Earle Rives AFRC
    Location  Greensboro, North Carolina
    Date  2014
    PFAS contamination source  Military - Air Force

  2. Durham
    Unknown
    Location  Durham, North Carolina
    Date  2018
    PFAS contamination source  Unknown

  3. Fayetteville Works Plant (Cape Fear River area: Bladen, Cumberland, Wilmington, and Brunswick Counties)
    DuPont’s Fayetteville Works Plant
    Location  Fayetteville/Bladen County/Brunswick County/Robeson County, North Carolina
    Date  2013
    PFAS contamination source  Industry / Manufacturing

  4. MCOLF Atlantic
    Firefighting foam used at the base.
    Location  Atlantic, North Carolina
    Date  2017
    PFAS contamination source  Military - Naval Base (Marine Corps)

  5. Piedmont Triad International Airport
    Firefighting foam used at Piedmont Triad International Airport
    Location  Greensboro, North Carolina
    Date  2014
    PFAS contamination source  Civilian Airport

  6. Wilmington - Sweeny Water Treatment Plant
    Chemours Co. Fayetteville Works factory making Teflon that contaminated water system of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority
    Location  Wilmington, North Carolina
    Date  2017
    PFAS contamination source  Industry / Manufacturing

  7. Wrightsville Beach
    Dupont/Chemours chemical plant on Cape Fear River
    Location  Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
    Date  2017
    PFAS contamination source  Industry / Manufacturing



If you know about a contamination site in your state that is not shown on the map, fill out this form to have it added. Check back for updates about your state!

North Carolina Community Groups

  1. Clean Cape Fear
    A grassroots alliance of community leaders, educators, professionals, and citizen advocates working together to restore and protect drinking water quality in Southeastern NC. Clean Cape Fear formed in 2017 after learning DuPont/Chemours contaminated the lower Cape Fear River basin—the main source of drinking water for a quarter of a million residents. Clean Cape Fear works to spotlight deficiencies in governmental regulations that adversely impact our right to clean water, as well as hold our elected officials accountable for their roles in protecting the public from PFAS and other toxic pollution.
    Location  Lower Cape Fear River Basin
    Contact Name  Emily Donovan
    Contact Email  info@cleancapefear.org



​​​​​​If you are involved in a community organization working on PFAS and you don’t see your group listed, click here to have your group added to this page. 

If there are no community groups in your state, try contacting the National PFAS Contamination Coalitiona network of community groups working to address PFAS contamination across the country. You can also contact a coalition member near you to learn more and get involved.

North Carolina PFAS Exposure and Health Studies

  1. GenX Exposure Study
    Location  New Hanover County
    Status  Complete
    Date  2017
    Type of study  Biomonitoring of people exposed to GenX in drinking water
    Study conducted by  North Carolina State University, East Carolina University, and the US Environmental Protection Agency
    PFAS contamination source  Chemours’ Fayetteville Works Facility

  2. North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services GenX Biomonitoring Study
    Location  Fayetteville
    Status  Complete
    Date  2018
    Type of study  Biomonitoring study on GenX levels for people living near Chemours Fayetteville facility
    Study conducted by  North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
    PFAS contamination source  Chemours’ Fayetteville Works Facility



Some states have conducted their own blood testing to understand people's exposure to PFAS in areas with contaminated drinking water. In the fall of 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry launched a national health study on PFAS involving multiple communities across the country.

Do you know about a health study in your state that is not listed here? Fill out this form to have it added!

Wondering if a health study is right for your community? Boston University’s Department of Environmental Health has a guide for making informed decisions.

North Carolina Agency Websites

  1. North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

  2. North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services








What should you do if you happen to live or work near a PFAS contamination site?

  • Ask your local water supplier if they have tested the drinking water for PFAS and how they have reported (or failed to report) the results to the public.
  • If you have a private well, get your water tested. See our drinking water fact sheet to learn how.
  • Being close to a contamination site does not necessarily mean your drinking water is also contaminated. If you have questions or concerns, contact your state environmental or health department. Also see our list of resources for more information.

Information about contamination sites comes from the PFAS Contamination Site Tracker, a project of the PFAS Project Lab at Northeastern University. The tracker records qualitative and quantitative data from each known site of PFAS contamination, including a timeline of discovery, sources, levels, health impacts, and community and government responses. All data presented in the map were extracted from government websites, news articles, or publicly available documents, and are cited in the tracker.

If you know about a contamination site that is not shown on the map, fill out this form to have it added. Check back for updates!

The Environmental Working Group also maintains a map of PFAS contamination in the US. This map includes additional locations where PFAS were found in drinking water but the point source of contamination is unknown.
Silent Spring Institute Northeastern University--Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute Michigan State University Toxics Action Center Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition Testing for PEASE