The actions our neighbors in the Carolinas take affect us all. Our corporate neighbors are no exception, and a recent investigation into a chemical compound found in a local river gets this message through loud and clear.

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently launched an investigation as a result of the GenX industrial compound being detected in the Cape Fear River along with two other fluorinated compounds. This compound was linked to the Chemours facility in Fayetteville that produces it. This area is a potential hot spot for chemical pollutants as Fayetteville is also home to a Dupont factory.

What does this mean for you if your family lives in the areas along the Cape Fear River? It means that corporate interests that share the state you call home were willing to place your family’s health at risk to save money. Instead of properly disposing of potentially hazardous chemicals, they were content to pollute our region’s watershed in order to save money for their shareholders.

It’s a harsh reality and the announcement that the release of GenX and similar compounds into the river has been halted doesn’t change it. They were more than willing to let your family pay the price while they cut corners to fatten their bank accounts.

Assuming the powerful won’t do the right thing is a safe bet. When it comes to protecting your loved ones, you shouldn’t assume the insurance companies will do the right thing either. If you or a loved one is suffering from the symptoms of chemical exposure, it’s crucial to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney with the resources to hold negligent corporations accountable.

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