DUPONT DECIDES AGAINST SETTLEMENT - Will Fight Allegations, Millions In Fines

DuPont will not seek an out-of-court settlement of a government complaint accusing the company of failing to report possible health and environmental risks related to a chemical used to make Teflon.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accused DuPont of repeatedly failing over a 20-year period to submit information the company had obtained regarding the synthetic chemical known as C-8.

The EPA is seeking millions of dollars in fines.

In a 57-page response filed last month, DuPont said it had no legal obligation to provide information to the EPA about C-8 levels it found in the blood of pregnant employees at its Washington Works near Parkersburg, or in nearby drinking water supplies.

Besides filing the enforcement action against DuPont, the EPA is investigating how C-8 enters the environment and its possible health risks.