August 25, 2005
SOURCE: North Carolina C8 Working Group
New Discoveries of DuPont C8 Pollution
Additional Concerns Raised Over Government
Inaction and Threat to Drinking Water
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The North Carolina
Group has found new evidence that ammonium perfluorooctanoate
- or C8 - has
further contaminated groundwater wells and a discharge channel
leading to the
Cape Fear River at the DuPont Co. Fayetteville
The latest instances of C8 contamination were discovered during
at new groundwater wells and at a discharge channel leading to
the Cape Fear
River on June 2, 2005. Newly obtained documents show the highest
levels of C8
contamination yet found at the Fayetteville plant. It was quietly
the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
(DENR) in a
July 22, 2005, letter from DuPont officials to state hydrogeologist
The recent surface water samples were the first analyzed for
March of 2003 when DuPont found traces of C8 in discharges leading
to the Cape
Fear River. Although the company took samples of surface water
locations in 2004, it did not analyze them for C8.
"This is what happens when you let polluters investigate
no accountability to anyone," said Rick Dove, southeastern
the Waterkeeper Alliance and member of the NC C8 Working Group.
a January 13, 2004, letter from DENR officials, DuPont
had been allowed to
conduct its own investigation into the cause and extent of contamination
"without regulatory oversight from any state or federal agency."
The NC C8 Working Group, a coalition of
public interest organizations,
last month called for strict state oversight and investigation
into reports of
contamination at the DuPont facility. The group has asked state
Director Dr. Leah Devlin to investigate the impact of C8 exposure
community members and to workers at the DuPont plant. The group
a letter to the DENR director requesting a meeting to discuss
contamination and the immediate need for agency oversight.
DENR has not responded to the request to meet with representatives
public interest organization, though the agency has met in the
DENR asked DuPont to investigate all potential sources of C8
in June 2003, after the first instances of groundwater and surface
contamination were discovered. After meeting with DuPont corporate
DENR instead allowed the company to conduct a voluntary, self-directed
investigation with no state or federal regulatory oversight.
North Carolina's citizens first learned of earlier C8 discovery
2005 when the United Steelworkers (USW) made available its research
Fayetteville. The USW represents 850,000 workers in the U.S. and
of whom are exposed to C8 in manufacturing plants around the country.
a panel of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientists labeled
"likely" cancer risk for people. It is said to be in
the blood of most of the
population and has been found at elevated levels in the blood
The NC C8 Working group is increasingly concerned that DuPont
withhold crucial information from the public. The group points
of C8 contamination at a DuPont plant in Circleville, Ohio. DuPont
officials assured the public that drinking water was not affected.
days of those assurances, the EPA said C8 had indeed been found
in drink water
supplies, and that DuPont's investigation is "unacceptable."
The EPA criticized DuPont for not using the lowest levels of
its sampling for C8 in Ohio. According to the NC C8 Working group,
should not allow DuPont to continue to use the same "unacceptable"
North Carolina that DuPont used in Circleville, Ohio.