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August 13, 2005. Group to give results of C8 study.
By Kate York. The Marietta Times (Ohio).

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August 13, 2005

The Marietta Times

Group to give results of C8 study

By Kate York,

Little Hocking Water Association customers will have an opportunity Monday to find out how the chemical C8 is affecting them, as an independent research group releases the full results of its C8 study.

An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Warren High School, led by Edward A. Emmett, professor of occupational and environmental medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, who headed the study.

Early results of the government-sponsored study were released in late July but most of the information will come out for the first time at the meeting, Emmett said Friday.

“There will be a lot of new information,” he said. “I don’t think any of the things we’ve already discussed (with the public) will change but there will be quite a lot in addition.”

Already released from the study of 326 Belpre, Little Hocking, Cutler and Vincent residents was that the levels of C8 in the residents’ blood was 60 to 80 times higher than in the general population. Also the study confirmed that C8 in the water supply was the main cause of the high levels.

“It’s what we suspected for years,” said Dwayne Allen, 54, of Little Hocking. “And the other thing most of us have suspected is that the C8 is making us sick. I hope we don’t find out that’s true, too.”

C8 has been used by DuPont to make Teflon since the 1950s and DuPont maintains that it has no negative impacts on human health. A year-long health survey and monitoring project began recently, as part of a settlement reached in a lawsuit filed by Washington and Lubeck, W.Va. residents against DuPont Washington Works.

The results of the independent study already completed focus on health effects, said Emmett.

“I’ll talk about what we did and what we found in respect to any health effects of the C8 levels,” he said. “We’ll also give any recommendations we may have.”

Emmett wouldn’t comment on any specific findings Friday.

“The people in the study have to hear it first,” he said.

Allen said many in the community are anxious to hear the findings of this study and the research yet to be completed.

“There wasn’t any research on this to look at until recently,” he said. “We have no idea what we could find out.”

Coming up

• C8 informational meeting: 7 p.m. Monday at Warren High School; residents can find out the results of the study completed by Edward Emmett of the University of Pennyslvania School of Medicine.

• A comment period remains open until Aug. 22 for the renewal of DuPont’s permits for its Dry Run landfill in Wood County. DuPont has reported two leaks in the landfill this summer that appear to have increased the discharge of C8.

• The Belpre/Little Hocking C8 Health Project Site will open Monday on Stone Road in Belpre next to the high school. Appointments will be made for those who have submitted a health questionnaire.

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