Testing of up to 80,000 Ohio and West Virginia residents is under way to determine if their health has been affected by drinking water containing a chemical manufactured by DuPont used to make Teflon.

DuPont agreed to pay for the screenings to settle a class action lawsuit brought against them.

The testing is expected to last a year.

It involves the collection of personal health histories and blood samples from residents who receive their drinking water from six public water districts, or from private wells within the districts, where concentrations of C-8 have been found.

The water supplies are near DuPont's Washington Works plant, along the Ohio River in the greater Parkersburg area.

BrookMar opened its first two testing sites near Parkersburg on Monday.

The company plans to have six testing trailers, including two in Belpre, Ohio, one in Point Pleasant and another in Pomeroy, Ohio.

Residents will receive $150 to answer a health questionnaire. If they agree to submit a blood sample, they will receive an additional $250 dollars. Residents will walk out of the collection centers with a check.

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