For decades, a chemical company in North Carolina dumped massive amounts of toxic chemicals into the Cape Fear River. Thousands of people are still forced to use the contaminated water.
WRAL, Capitol Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate in Raleigh, N.C., is airing a new documentary, Forever Chemicals: North Carolina’s Toxic Tap Water, Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m.. At the same time, the report will also be available for streaming on wraldocumentary.com, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku and Samsung Smart TV.
The documentary will premiere on WRAL Doc’s YouTube the same day at 8 p.m.
For decades, a chemical company in North Carolina dumped massive amounts of toxic chemicals into the Cape Fear River. These “forever chemicals” contaminated the river, air and groundwater surrounding the plant.
The level of contamination to hundreds of thousands of people was discovered five years ago. Yet even today, thousands of people are still forced to use the contaminated water.
Cristin Severance, WRAL’s investigative documentary reporter co-reported on this important topic with Liz McLaughlin, WRAL’s reporter covering climate change impacts and environmental issues.
“We spent months traveling to the contaminated areas and talking with the people still living with contaminated water,” Severance says.
“It’s shocking that people are still fighting to get clean water in North Carolina in 2023.”
The stations says it’s one of the most significant contamination stories in the United States.
“This documentary is an example of WRAL’s dedication to covering crucial environmental topics that impact thousands of North Carolinians yet remain underreported,” says Ashley Talley, WRAL’s enterprise executive producer.
Forever Chemicals: North Carolina’s Toxic Tap Water shows how this contamination happened and highlights demands from families who want to know if drinking toxic water for years has led to health problems including cancer and birth defects.