Oct 15, 2008: Panel: C8 levels linked to high cholesterol

CHARLESTON, WV -- "Mid-Ohio Valley residents with greater levels of C8 in their blood also tended to have higher levels of cholesterol, according to the first results from a panel studying the chemical's health effects. The three-person science panel found the risk of higher cholesterol was about 50 percent greater among residents with more C8 in their blood. Science panel members cautioned that they did not yet know if the increased cholesterol followed C8 exposure or the other way around. C8 levels and cholesterol were measured at the same time, and the panel is doing follow-up studies to try to get more answers," Ken Ward Jr., Charleston Gazette.

Oct 1, 2008: Schwarzenegger vetoes ban on cancer-causing chemicals in food packaging
Hails 'Green Chemistry,' but sides with DuPont
teflon chemicals in food packaging

SACRAMENTO, CA -- "On the same day Gov. Schwarzenegger touted himself as the leader of a comprehensive chemical reform program, he vetoed a bill that would have made California the first state to ban toxic chemicals known as PFCs - a family of compounds including Teflon - from food packaging. On Monday, Schwarzenegger vetoed Senate Bill 1313, by Sen. Ellen Corbett, which was sponsored by Environmental Working Group (EWG). It would have banned, starting in 2010, the perfluorinated chemicals PFOS and PFOA from fast-food sandwich wrappers, french-fry bags, pizza boxes and other food packaging. Studies show these chemicals can migrate into food directly from the packaging, especially when heated. PFOS and PFOA have been found in more than 98 percent of Americans' blood, and an EWG study detected the chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of 10 of 10 newborn babies. PFOA and PFOS never break down, persisting in the environment indefinitely. PFOA is considered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board to be a likely carcinogen and a chemical that induces breast tumors in animals," Bill Walker and Renee Sharp, Public Interest Newswire.

Sep 3: "Good Neighbors, Bad Blood" set to premiere

ATHENS -- "It is a kitchen and industrial miracle. The no-stick substance known as Teflon has been with us for more than a half-century and many of the chemical processes for creating Teflon are underway at the DuPont plant outside of Parkersburg, West Virginia. As chemicals from the manufacture of Teflon have allegedly polluted the local water supply, residents are left to wonder how it is affecting their lives and futures. 'Good Neighbors, Bad Blood' will take an in-depth look at how water pollution has affected area residents and talks to people on both sides of the issue," WOUB.

Aug 28: CA Assembly Passes Bill On Toxic Chemical
A chemical used in food packaging and present in 98 percent of Americans' blood will be limited - in California, anyway

SACRAMENTO, CA-- "The California Assembly has approved a bill that would limit the amount of Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)--a chemical that has been linked to cancer--in food packaging... PFOA is a synthetic chemical with various uses, and is most commonly found in nonstick surfaces, such as Teflon pans and packaging for microwavable foods like popcorn and pizza, as well as fast food packaging. The chemical persists in the environment and appears to remain in the human body for a long time. David Lazarus wrote in the LA Times that studies show PFOA is present in 98 percent of Americans' blood and 100 percent of newborns," Annie Bell Muzaurieta, The Daily Green.

Jun 11: C8 meeting

PARKERSBURG, WV -- "A lawyer for the C8 exposure class action lawsuit met with mid-Ohio valley residents to talk about a recent West Virginia University study. Attorney Harry Deitzler says Little Hocking Water customers have the highest C8 blood concentrations of people throughout the world. Deitzler is one of the attorneys handling the class action lawsuit regarding possible associations between C8 exposure and health issues. Deitzler is urging everyone who participated in the C8 study to respond to any follow-up questionnaires," Courtney Rochon, WTAP.

CHARLESTON, WV -- Expert disqualified from C8 lawsuit, Ken Ward, Jr., Charleston Gazette.

Jun 10: DuPont plant linked to cancer
Company to look into high West Virginia rates; other plants blacked out in report

WILMINGTON, DE -- "DuPont Co. plans to investigate a possible cancer cluster at the company's Washington Works plant in West Virginia, based on company data that show an abnormally high rate for a rare type of cancer among plant workers. In all, the company found 19 cases of carcinoid tumors among workers at 12 current or former DuPont plants, with six cases found among workers at Washington Works, according to a report filed by DuPont with the Environmental Protection Agency in December," Andrew Eder, News Journal.

PARKERSBURG, WV -- Cancer at DuPont?, Todd Baucher, WTAP.

CHARLESTON, WV -- DuPont plans detailed cancer study at W.Va. plant, Tim Huber, Associated Press.

Jun 9: Government records say DuPont found elevated cancer risk

PARKERSBURG, WV -- "Government records show that DuPont has discovered evidence of elevated cancer rates among employees at its Washington Works plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia. According to the records, DuPont says it doesn't know why there may be a fivefold increase in certain cancers. The company also doesn't know if the rise is related to C8, a chemical used to make Teflon," Associated Press.

May 24: Huge C8 health study to begin; Interviews in Ohio River towns stem from DuPont settlement

Rainbow trout

"An Oregon State University study of C8 in rainbow trout, which soon will be published in the journal 'Environmental Health Perspectives,' found that the chemical mimicked estrogen and increased the number of liver tumors in fish already exposed to another cancer-causing substance."

COLUMBUS -- "Researchers studying the health effects of a chemical DuPont uses to make Teflon hope to interview as many as 40,000 people who live near the company's Washington Works plant along the Ohio River.. . . Past health studies have shown that 90 percent of U.S. residents have an average 5 parts per billion of C8 in their blood. A smaller, 2005 study of Ohioans who live near the Washington Works plant showed median levels of 298 to 369 parts per billion," Spencer Hunt, Columbus Dispatch.

May 21: C8 panel to do interviews
Medical data of residents, former DuPont workers to be compiled

LITTLE HOCKING -- "The C8 Science Panel wants to interview some 40,000 Mid-Ohio Valley residents about their medical history in an ongoing effort to determine if there is any link between the chemical and various diseases. Over the next few weeks, introductory letters about the follow-up studies will be mailed to adults who signed consent forms for the science panel studies while participating in the C8 Health Project, which gathered data on C8 blood levels and medical and demographic histories of residents in communities. The studies will track participants’ medical history and attempt to relate disease with exposure to C8, a chemical used in the Teflon-manufacturing process at DuPont’s Washington Works plant south of Parkersburg," Marietta Times.

May 20: Wood judge seals C8 study results

CHARLESTON, WV -- "Complete results of the largest-ever study of the chemical C8's possible health effects have been filed in court - and sealed from the public. Wood Circuit Judge J.D. Beane sealed the C8 Health Project database to protect confidential information about nearly 70,000 residents who took part in the study. The database includes millions of records reflecting C8 blood levels and dozens of pieces of demographic and health history information on each of the study participants," Ken Ward, Jr., Charleston Gazette.

May 19: Swift react to C8 study
WVU research shows possible links with liver, thyroid problems

PARKERSBURG, WV -- "Reaction has been swift to preliminary data released by West Virginia University that says C8, used by DuPont Washington Works in the manufacture of Teflon and the subject of a class action lawsuit here, may cause weakening of the immune system, liver damage, thyroid problems and higher cholesterol in children. DuPont Washington Works’ discharge of C8 into area water supplies resulted in a suit alleging the unregulated chemical caused health problems," Pamela Brust, Parkersburg News and Sentienl. Published May 17.

May 15: Early C8 results suggest liver, immune impacts

sign PARKERSBURG, WV -- "Researchers believe that C8 may be associated with changes in liver and immune function, as well as higher cholesterol levels in children, according to a preliminary analysis of data from a landmark new health study. 'These preliminary results are exactly that - preliminary,' said West Virginia University researcher Stephanie Frisbee. 'Right now - first pass - it looks like there may be something there,' Frisbee said Thursday... Frisbee and other WVU researchers are poring over blood tests and other data assembled as part of a huge study of C8's possible impacts on the health of nearly 70,000 residents near the DuPont Co. Washington Works plant," Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette. Published May 9, 2008.

May 6: Breast milk contains C8, study concludes

CHARLESTON, WV -- "C8 and related chemicals used in nonstick pans and stain-resistant fabrics have been found in human breast milk, according to the first major U.S. study to examine breast-feeding as a possible exposure route. Perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, were found in all of the 45 human breast milk samples tested in the new study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Technology," Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette.

Apr 25: Dust a possible C8 source, EPA study says

dust CHARLESTON, WV -- "Household dust could rival food packaging as a potential major route for human exposure to C8 and related toxic chemicals, two federal government scientists conclude in a new study. C8 and other perfluorinated compounds were found in 95 percent of the dust samples in homes in Ohio and North Carolina, according to the study by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency experts... Lindstrom and Mark Strynar, an EPA physical scientist, tested dust taken from vacuum cleaner bags from 100 homes and 10 day-care centers for C8 and other perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs," Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette.

Apr 24: Aerosols complicate PFOA picture
Riding the waves—could the oceans be a source of PFOA to the air?

Ocean aerosols WASHINGTON, DC -- "A largely discounted wrinkle in the chemistry of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) indicates that this ubiquitous chemical moves into the air more readily than previously thought, according to new research. Experts say that the findings could have implications for PFOA's fate in the environment, but they caution against extrapolating these laboratory results to the real world without field-based verification. PFOA is the best known of the perfluoroalkyl carboxylates, and the U.S. EPA has classified it as a likely human carcinogen. Animal studies indicate that perfluorinated chemicals affect the liver, neonatal development, the immune system, and hormone levels. Until recently, PFOA had been widely used in stain repellents, polishes, and paper coatings. Manufacturers have begun voluntary efforts to eliminate its use," Rebecca Renner, Environmental Science and Technology.

Apr 5: Study finds high levels of Teflon chemical in residents' blood

scientist studies teflon chemical
Scientist studies a Teflon chemical.
CHARLESTON, WV -- "Thousands of Ohio and West Virginia residents have elevated levels of a chemical used to make the nonstick coating Teflon, according to preliminary data from a study. In 2005, Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont agreed to fund health screenings for up to 70,000 residents who claimed releases of the chemical C8 from the Washington Works plant near Parkersburg had contaminated public and private wells. Some studies estimate that 90 percent of U.S. residents have an average 5 parts per billion of C8 in their blood. Data released last week involving about 24,000 residents in communities around the plant show an average of 28 parts per billion," Associated Press, Columbus Dispatch.

Mar 5: Higher cancer, stroke risk found in C8 workers

3M Minnesota plant
The 3M production facility in Cottage Grove, Minnesota.
COTTAGE GROVE, MN -- "Chemical plant workers exposed to C8 face an increased risk of death from prostate cancer and stroke, according to a new industry study recently submitted to federal regulators. Researchers found the high incidence of deaths among 4,000 employees of 3M's facility in Cottage Grove, Minn., according to the study filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency... The findings appear to confirm the conclusions from a 1993 study that 3M later said was incorrect, and add to a growing body of scientific research that raises questions about C8's safety," Ken Ward, Jr., Charleston Gazette.

Mar 4: Bill would ban ‘Teflon chemicals’ in food packaging

SACRAMENTO, CA -- "A bill to ban the use of chemicals used to make Teflon from being used in fast food packaging is making its way through the California Legislature. French-fry containers, pizza boxes and many other types of food packages have stain-proof or grease-proof linings made with perfluorochemicals, called PFCs for short... The bill, sponsored by Environmental Working Group, would prohibit more than trace amounts of PFCs called PFOS and PFOA in any material used to package food, beginning in 2010," Central Valley Business Times.

Feb 5: U.S. manufacturers significantly reduce PFOA emissions 

WARRIEWOOD, AUSTRALIA -- "Eight major companies have reported significant drops in the release of PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and related chemicals, putting industry on target to meet a 95 percent reduction goal in PFOA emissions and product content by 2010. Further reductions are anticipated by 2015. PFOA, also known as C8, is a processing aid in the manufacture of fluoropolymers, which are used to provide non-stick surfaces on cookware and waterproof, breathable clothing," Azom.

Jan 29: You're invited...

Recently, Callie Lyons received the Uncovering the Truth Award from Ohio Citizen Action. Art by Angela Oster.
MARIETTA -- "On Thursday, Feb. 7, the Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series at Washington State Community College will present a lecture by Callie Lyons, a journalist in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Graham Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Lyons book, 'Stain-resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: the Hidden Dangers of C8,' provides an evenhanded examination of the scientific evidence on all sides of the issue in language that is straightforward and easy to understand," press release, Washington State Community College.

Jan 17, 2008: Italian Study raises new questions about C8 exposure from Teflon

LITTLE HOCKING -- "A new study from Italy seems to indicate that C8 migrates into food from Teflon more easily than estimated by U.S. scientists. Although PFOA or perfluorooctanoic acid can be found in the blood of most people in very small amounts, it's been claimed for some time that Teflon was not significant contributor to human exposure. It's also been thought that C8 migration into food from Teflon coated products was most likely to occur once the cookware had been damaged in some way or when the coating began to degrade. The new findings seem to fly in the face of those old claims," Callie Lyons, WMOA .

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What's the problem?

22,496 neighbors have sent handwritten letters and petitions to local grocery stores urging them not to carry products with Teflon chemicals in the packaging, as of Jun 11, 2006.

15,090 neighbors have sent handwritten letters and petitions urging DuPont to take Teflon chemicals off the food packaging market, as of December 15, 2005.

If you are already registered for C8 testing, call 304-865-2397 to schedule an appointment.

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(614) 487-7880.