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Unknown Chemicals Found in North Carolina Drinking Water

April 27, 2018, 3:44 PM

A number of man-made chemicals with unknown health effects have been found in the drinking water used by some 200,000 North Carolinians.

Testing results provided to state lawmakers said several untested chemicals have been found in “both raw and finished drinking waters” coming from the Cape Fear River in eastern North Carolina.

“The exact structure of these compounds is still being determined and requires obtaining standards of the pure materials, when available, to aid in identification,” scientists from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington said in a report.

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