PFOA 2005
July 9, 2005. Screenings set to test for effects from C8.
By Pamela Brust. The Marietta Times (Ohio).

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The Marietta Times (Ohio)

July 9, 2005

Screenings set to test for effects from C8

By Pamela Brust

VIENNA, W.Va. — A health screening project, which will test levels of the chemical C8 in the blood of residents in six water districts, is scheduled to begin in late July or early August.

Ammonium perfluorooctanate, commonly known as C8, is used by DuPont Washington Works in the manufacture of Teflon and has been discharged into area water supplies. As part of a settlement in a class action lawsuit filed against DuPont, the company agreed to fund up $70 million for the blood testing.

Once the testing is complete, the results will be turned over to an independent scenitific panel made up of three epidemiologists agreed upon by both sides in the suit, to determine if there is a link between C8 and human disease.

Dr. Paul Brooks and Art Maher of BrookMar Inc., an independent commission appointed by the court to oversee and manage the C8 health project, conducted a press conference Friday at Wingate Inn to provide updates on the project. Maher said out of 80,000 potential individuals in the six water districts affected, they anticipate about 60,000 will provide health information and be tested.

“We anticipate a good turnout. We conducted focus groups in the various water districts, and it was 100 percent who wanted to participate.” Maher said.

The testing will be made available to current or former residents of the Lubeck and Mason County Public Service Districts in West Virginia, and Little Hocking Water Association, city of Belpre Water Department, Tuppers Plains-Chester Water District and village of Pomeroy Water District in Ohio. Concentrations of C8 were found in those water supplies.

Four informational town meetings were announced for residents of those districts. The meetings will be conducted Monday at Blennerhassett Junior High School for LPSD residents, Tuesday at Belpre Middle School for Belpre and Little Hocking residents, Thursday at the Point Pleasant Moose Lodge for Mason County PSD, and Friday at Meigs High School for Tuppers Plains-Chester Water District and Pomeroy Water District. All meetings will be from 7 to 9 p.m.

If the scientific panel of epidemiologists determines there is a probable link between C8 exposure and any disease, DuPont will fund a medical monitoring program for up to $235 million to pay for testing determined to be necessary. Class members will retain their right to file personal injury claims and related damages if an association is found.

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