Mount Pleasant man says independent lab finds “concerning” contaminant in water


A man who lives in Mount Pleasant's Dunes West community sent a sample of his drinking water to Charleston-based GEL Laboratory for testing on July 14. When he received the results July 17, he said he was concerned.

The man, who has asked to remain anonymous, told ABC News 4 he sent one sample to the local lab to test for 25 perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) that he believed Mount Pleasant Waterworks did not test for.

His results showed 12 out of 25 were detected, including perfluoro-2-propoxypropanoic acid (PFPrOPrA). According to the EPA, the substance, produced by DuPont, is commonly known as GenX.

MPW and DHEC are aware of the water test results and tell us they’re looking into the matter. Clay Duffie, the general manager of MPW, told ABC News 4 he is taking the matter seriously and would like to see the report.

Duffie also said the company does test “for multiple PFC’s,” and says none have been detected in Mount Pleasant or Charleston's water systems.

Duffie added that GenX is an emerging contaminant with no maximum safe level set currently by the Environmental Protection Agency. We’ve reached out to the EPA for comment but have not heard back yet.

The man’s water test for pesticides is due back on Wednesday. We’ll update you on the results.

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DHEC and Mount Pleasant Waterworks are in the process of testing Mount Pleasant water for the presence of pesticides. Those results also are due back this week.

Some people in Mount Pleasant have turned to at-home and other private tests for contaminants in their water amid recent worries about what appears to some has been an increase in the number of certain rare brain cancers in the Mount Pleasant area.

DHEC, responding the concerns, has said it's latest data from 2014 indicates there is not a cancer cluster in Mount Pleasant.

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