PFOA 2005
July 12, 2005. 800 get briefing on C8 screenings.
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July 12, 2005

The Charleston Gazette (West Virginia)

800 get briefing on C8 screenings
Health study to focus on residents near DuPont plant

By The Associated Press

PARKERSBURG — Kim McMichael stopped drinking his tap water several years ago when he heard his public water supply might be contaminated with a chemical that is used to make Teflon at the nearby DuPont plant.

The Cutler, Ohio, guidance counselor said Monday he now drinks bottled water, but he depends on water from Little Hocking Water District for cooking, swimming and bathing.

“I feel somebody ought to be paying me for this water,” McMichael said at a meeting at Blennerhasset Junior High School.

DuPont has known since 1984 that ammonium perfluorooctanoate, also known as PFOA and C8, was in the water, McMichael said.

“They had an obligation to inform the public.”

McMichael was one of more than 800 people to attend the first of four public meetings this week to inform people about what may be the largest public health screening to occur in the United States. More than 80,000 people who live in six water districts near DuPont’s Washington Works plant along the Ohio River near Parkersburg or depend on private wells in that area will be asked to respond to health questionnaires and submit blood samples to determine the levels of C8 in their systems.

DuPont agreed to the health screenings in February to settle a 2001 class action lawsuit filed by residents who alleged the company intentionally withheld and misrepresented information concerning the nature and extent of the human health threat posed by C8 in drinking water.

The substance is used to produce the nonstick substance Teflon and a variety of other products from flooring to clothing. Though used since World War II, C8’s long-term effects on humans are unknown.

About $70 million has been allocated to collect health information and take blood samples from willing participants.

Because the study also includes former residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley area, arrangements are being made to collect blood samples nationwide, said Dr. Paul Brooks, who is co-chairman of the collection process.

Residents and former residents will each receive $150 to answer a health questionnaire, and another $250 if they provide a blood sample. Only residents who received the water for at least a year before Dec. 3, 2004, are eligible.

Monday night’s meeting was for customers of the Lubeck Public Service District near Parkersburg. The remaining hearings will be for customers of the Mason County Public Service District in West Virginia, and the Little Hocking and Tuppers Plains water districts, Belpre and Pomeroy, all in Ohio.

A federal scientific review panel has said C8 is “likely” to be carcinogenic to humans, but DuPont officials have disputed the draft report. The panel agreed last week to revise the draft to better reflect opposing viewpoints before submitting it to the EPA by July 20.

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