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For Release January 25, 2005
Contact: Lisa Collins, 304/483-1355

Press conference January 25, 2006

C8 Science Panel Introduced to Mid-Ohio Valley January 25

The three members of the C-8 Science Panel, chosen to determine whether a probable link exists between C-8 and human disease, will be in Parkersburg, WV, to announce the onset of their research on Wednesday, January 25 at 8:30 am at the Wingate Inn. The Science Panel is part of a class action settlement of a lawsuit involving releases of a chemical known as C-8 from DuPont's Washington Works in Wood County, West Virginia. The Science Panel will conduct a community epidemiology study and evaluate an ongoing study of DuPont's workers.

The court also approved Plaintiffs' decision to use settlement funds for a separate C-8 Health Project, under the direction of Brookmar, Inc. The Project involves collection of data from class members including C-8 blood levels, clinical blood tests, as well as medical and demographic history. This data set represents a portion of what the Science Panel will evaluate to answer the question of whether a probable link exists between C-8 and human disease. The C-8 Health Project is not the Science Panel's community study.

Under the terms of the settlement, both parties agreed to each Science Panelist and each is independent from DuPont and Plaintiffs. After several months of interviews, the parties selected Drs. Savitz, Fletcher & Steenland.

Dr. Fletcher is an environmental epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in the Public and Environmental Health Research Unit, and serves as President of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology.

Dr. Steenland is Professor at the School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to coming to Emory, he worked for 20 years at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which is part of CDC.

Dr. Savitz recently joined the Mount Sinai School of Medicine as Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine and as the Director of the Center of Excellence in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Disease Prevention. He is the author of the book, Interpreting Epidemiologic Evidence. Until recently, he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health.

Each epidemiologist brings a history of specialized research in environmental and occupational exposures, and will bring unique perspectives to the study.

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