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August 16, 2005. Providing bottled water a good move by DuPont.
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August 16, 2005

The Marietta Times (Ohio)


Providing bottled water a good move by DuPont

Our Opinion

The Little Hocking Water Association announced Monday that DuPont will provide all of its 12,000 hook-ups with bottled water until the system can install special C8 filters.

We think the company is doing the right thing considering Little Hocking water customers are dealing with the highest levels of C8. In all, there are six public water systems in which C8 has been detected in drinking water. Many of the western Washington County residents who are tapped into the system have been using bottled water anyway. They shouldn’t have to keep paying for it.

News of C8, the unregulated chemical used in the manufacturing of Teflon at DuPont’s Washington Works plant in Wood County, has led newspaper pages and newscasts in the past few weeks. That’s because testing of more than 60,000 people began, most recently in Belpre this week, in an effort to collect data that could help determine if C8 is harmful to people and at what levels.

The chemical is unregulated but under review at the federal level. That’s because high levels of the chemical have caused cancer in lab animals, but ties to cancer, birth defects and other health problems are less certain in humans.

The testing going on now in local communities is being funded through a settlement DuPont reached in a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of people who have lived with C8 in their drinking water for decades. That testing will cost millions of dollars and providing bottled water to all Little Hocking Water customers will cost hundreds of thousands more.

DuPont is doing the right thing.

Some may argue that DuPont is doing too little, too late, and should have told people long ago that C8 was in the water. The company claims it has conducted studies of its own and that, in its experts’ opinions, C8 poses no risks to humans. Still, the company needs to work with local water systems who struggle to answer questions every day from customers who are concerned about the unknown.

Those living with C8 in their drinking water, and the rest of us who likely have some level of C8 in our blood, deserve to know if the chemical is a health risk. We’re glad to see the company making gestures of working with the community, not against it.

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