|It appears to be a "sweetheart deal" for DuPont, settling with the government over concealing the harmful effects of C8, a chemical used to make Teflon.|
The Wood county facility has been making C8 for 50 years.
DuPont and the Bush administration have reportedly agreed to settle allegations that the company hid from the public and regulators important information about the dangers of the toxic chemical C8.
DuPont said it had now set aside $15 million for the settlement.
DuPont could have faced fines of more than $300 million for not reporting information that showed C8 posed "substantial risk of injury to health or the environment."
The company allegedly hid studies that indicated C8 caused problems to unborn infants of women who worked at the plant and other health problems.
The company is already paying over $100 million in a civil suit brought by residents of Wood County, who initially complained C8 levels had exceeded acceptable levels in the public water supply.
The company, in settling that suit, also agreed to pay millions more if residents experience health problems.
DuPont has also agreed to help the local water systems.