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Sascha Medina


City & State

Chemicals in some North Carolina drinking water may worsen COVID-19 effects

These chemicals, called GenX, are present in the Cape Fear River and could be putting residents at risk by suppressing their immune systems and causing other health issues.  GenX is a member of a family of human-made chemical compounds known as PFAS. GenX exposure is associated with increased risk of health problems in animal studies, including issues in the kidney, liver, immune system and others. Research has shown from human and animal studies that PFAS exposure may reduce antibody response to vaccines and may reduce infectious disease resistance.

City & State

Coal ash in Chapel Hill and across N.C. puts drinking water and environment at risk

In 2013, the Town of Chapel Hill discovered a coal ash site under the Chapel Hill Police Station, which some say could pose a threat to the drinking water of nearby residents.  The Town’s Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment will more completely characterize the risks and help determine the remediation plan. There are 50 coal ash disposal sites in North Carolina. Coal ash contains a toxic mix of heavy metals that can damage human and ecological health. 

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