By Bob Weaver|
Over ten years after the revelation that Dupont's chemical C-8 is a toxic poison that polluted the waters of Wood County and the Ohio River area and its citizens, chemical safety and justice for Dupont’s Teflon victims, including their employees, remains elusive.
In 2012, a panel of three independent epidemiologists announced that the weight of available scientific evidence demonstrates that Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), known as Teflon, found in the drinking water in WV and Ohio communities, is linked to both thyroid disease and ulcerative colitis.
The announcement came after a decade of investigations, rulings and lawsuits regarding Dupont's spillage into the water and groundwater.
More than 60,000 residents in the greater Parkersburg area have been tested regarding problems related to C-8.
Previous studies have shown a correlation between C8 and higher cholesterol and uric acid, which are linked to high blood pressure and heart disease.
C8 is a also a suspected carcinogen, and some studies have linked it to birth defects and thyroid disease.
Dupont contends there are no known human health effects and that C8 is not a danger to the general public, having used the "act of god" defense.
Dupont has rejected all charges of wrongdoing and maintained that injuries were “proximately caused by acts of God and/or by intervening and/or superseding actions by others, over which DuPont had no control.”
They are now discontinuing C-8s manufacture in the USA, but will continue to produce the product in China and other countries.
In 2011, in another WV case, a judge
ordered Dupont to pay $70 million as part of a settlement in a case involving the alleged contamination of a Harrison County community by the company.
Dupont is alleged to have released cadmium, arsenic and lead from one of its smelters into the community of Spelter.
Read: DuPont and the chemistry of deception, the inside story of Wood County's DuPont plant and the impact upon human beings