New Agreement to Protect Drinking Water in West Virginia from Teflon Chemical

By Maddy Sauer

Nov 21, 2006 3:52pm

The Environmental Protection Agency and DuPont have reached an agreement to reduce and restrict the amount of a key chemical used to manufacture Teflon allowed in the drinking water in the area surrounding DuPont’s plant in Washington, W.Va. DuPont is being sued by local residents who argue that their drinking water has been polluted by perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), otherwise known as C8. C8 is used to make the popular nonstick cookware coating, Teflon. THE BLOTTER RECOMMENDS Video Tough on Teflon Owners of Teflon Pots and Pans Seek Big Damages Click Here to Check Out Brian Ross Videos on Our Homepage Last year, a government advisory panel classified C8 as a "likely carcinogen," and studies have indicated that it can cause developmental and other adverse effects in laboratory animals, according to the EPA. Yet C8 is not currently regulated under federal environmental laws while the EPA continues to conduct research on the chemical. Ninety-five percent of Americans, including children, have C8 in their blood, and the government is trying to figure out why and what risks are associated with it. DuPont has long denied there is any danger presented by C8 and said today, "To date, there are no human health effects known to be caused by PFOA although studies of the chemical continue." Robert Bilott, a lawyer representing residents who live near DuPont’s West Virginia plant, said today that he welcomed the new agreement. "We applaud the EPA for moving toward a much more appropriate level for drinking water than the previous level developed by DuPont a few years ago," he said.

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