Jan 25: New study links C8 to thyroid disease

PARKERSBURG, WV -- "A report released this week by the journal Environmental Health Perspectives said a study by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences found an association between C8 and thyroid disease in adults. The study, according to the report, revealed people with higher concentrations of PFOA (C8) in their blood have higher rates of thyroid disease. The researchers analyzed samples from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's nationally representative National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey... C8 is used in the manufacture process of Teflon and can be found in other stain and water-resistant coatings for carpets and fabrics," Pamela Brust, Parkersburg News and Sentinel. Published January 23.

Jan 4: EPA may propose C8 rules - in 2012

CHARLESTON, WV -- "The Obama administration announced Wednesday it might write rules to limit the manufacture, processing and use of C8 and related perfluorinated chemicals, but would not propose any such regulations until at least 2012. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials issued their promised "action plans" for perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, and three other families of chemicals that are under scrutiny for their potential health effects," Ken Ward Jr., Charleston Gazette. Published December 30.

Dec 29: Study links C8 exposure to liver damage

CHARLESTON, WV -- "Those with increased levels of the chemical C8 in the blood are more likely to exhibit early signs of liver disease, a new scientific study reports. The study examined liver enzymes in the blood of more than 2,200 Americans. Blood samples were taken as part of the U.S. National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control program used to study the health status of the general American population... C8 is another name for perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. It is one of a family of perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs. In West Virginia, DuPont Co. has used C8 since the 1950s at its Washington Works plant south of Parkersburg. C8 is a processing agent used to make Teflon and other nonstick and stain-resistant products," Ken Ward Jr., Charleston Gazette.

Dec 10: Little Hocking Water sues over C8

MARIETTA -- "DuPont's installation of a water filtration system at Little Hocking Water Association is not enough to adequately protect the public from C8 and other related chemicals that taint the local water system, according to a federal lawsuit recently filed in Columbus. The water association is asking the court to order DuPont to fund a comprehensive cleanup of all affected well fields and an investigation, assessment and cleanup or containment of all sources of contamination. The suit also seeks unspecified compensation for damages," Brad Bauer, Marietta Times.

Nov 3: Typical C8 levels may be linked to higher cholesterol

CHARLESTON, WV -- "A new scientific study has found a possible connection between increased cholesterol levels and concentrations of the toxic chemical C8 similar to those present in an average American's blood. Researchers at Boston University found C8 levels were associated with higher cholesterol in blood samples from a national Centers for Disease Control survey used to monitor levels of chemicals in the general U.S. population... It comes just days after the public disclosure of new data that found higher cholesterol levels among children who live near the DuPont Co.'s Washington Works plant near Parkersburg and had higher C8 levels in their blood," Ken Ward Jr., Charleston Gazette.

Oct 1: EPA chemical reviews to include C8

CHARLESTON, WV -- "Obama administration officials this week included C8 on a list of six chemicals targeted for expedited safety reviews as part of a new plan to reform how the nation regulates toxic chemicals. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials announced Tuesday evening that they would ask Congress to overhaul the 33-year-old law regulating the use of toxic chemicals. EPA also indicated it was working under existing law to draw up 'action plans' for C8 and five other chemicals, including Bisphenol A, or BPA, which is used in plastic beverage containers. 'Although legislative reform is necessary for an effective chemicals management program, EPA is committed to strengthening the performance of the current program while Congress considers new legislation,' EPA said in a prepared statement," Ken Ward Jr., West Virginia Gazette.

Sep 29: Federal judge throws out most of C8 suit against DuPont

CHARLESTON, WV -- "A federal judge on Monday dismissed most of a lawsuit filed against chemical giant DuPont Co. by Parkersburg residents over the pollution of their city's water with the toxic chemical C8. U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin dismissed claims of negligence, nuisance, trespassing and battery, almost a year to the day after refusing to allow Parkersburg residents to pursue their case against DuPont as a class-action lawsuit. Goodwin allowed residents to continue to pursue only a part of the lawsuit that seeks to force DuPont to pay for medical monitoring for early detection of any illnesses linked to C8 contamination," Ken Ward Jr., West Virginia Gazette.

CHARLESTON, WV -- Judge rules in area C8 case, Wayne Towner, Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

July 24: Consumer products could be major C8 source, study says

CHARLESTON, WV -- "Everyday consumer products such as stain repellants and paper coatings may be a 'significant source' of the toxic chemical C8, according to a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study. Chemicals used in these consumer products could degrade, releasing C8 and related toxic substances, much faster than previously projected by DuPont Co. scientists, according to the new EPA study. The EPA study estimated the breakdown rate of these 'fluoro-telomer polymers' to be 100 times faster than projected by the DuPont scientists in a study last year. Both papers were published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Technology, and are part of the growing scientific research into C8 and other perfluorochemicals, or PFCs," Ken Ward, Jr., Charleston Gazette.

May 12: EPA's C8 advisory flawed, researchers conclude

CHARLESTON, WV -- "A last-minute health advisory issued by the Bush administration for water contaminated with the toxic chemical C8 may not be nearly stringent enough, according to a new scientific paper. Researchers from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Rutgers University concluded that the federal government's health advisory did not consider some adverse health effects that could occur at very low exposure levels. The study, published Friday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, also backed up previous criticism that the federal government's advisory does not take into account possible long-term exposure from drinking C8-contaminated water," Ken Ward Jr., West Virginia Gazette.

May 1: Study finds food-wrapper chemicals in blood

CHARLESTON, WV -- "A new scientific study has for the first time found a group of chemicals used in coatings on food wrappers in human blood. Previous reports have documented low levels of certain perfluorochemicals - those used to make commercial products like food wrapper coatings - in the blood of the general human population... In West Virginia, concern about C8 has focused on the DuPont Co. plant near Parkersburg, which used the chemical for decades to make Teflon and other non-stick and stain-resistant products. Residents there have very high levels of C8 in their blood, from drinking polluted water and breathing polluted air, scientists say," Ken Ward Jr., West Virginia Gazette. Published April 30.

Apr 6: DuPont violations include C8 spills

MARIETTA -- "In March your WMOA News team told you about an administrative consent order signed by DuPont and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection over a number of environmental violations. DuPont officials have agreed to pay $1.6 million in fines to satisfy the state’s claim against the company. Yesterday, we obtained the details of ten spills, which took place from 2004 to 2008. The largest spill discharged nearly 2,500 pounds of FEP, a liquid derivative of Teflon. That particular spill also sent about 67 pounds of C8 directly into the Ohio River in May 2006. As recently as January of 2008, DuPont reported a release of 175 pounds of C8 into the Ohio River," Callie Lyons, WMOA. Published April 2.

Mar 31: Federal health officials issue C8 warnings

PARKERSBURG, WV -- "New warnings are out for Mid-Ohio Valley residents living near DuPont's Washington Works Plant. Federal health officials are now warning some of those residents to avoid drinking C8 contaminated water. The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry is asking parents not to use C8 contaminated water to mix baby formula. Health officials are also urging pregnant women, women of childbearing age, children and the elderly to reduce the amount of the water they consume. A DuPont spokesperson says Parkersburg city water has minute trace quantities of PFOA, but they are below current EPA guidelines of drinking water quality," Courtney Rochon, WTAP.

Mar 27: C8 exposure tied to birth defects, panel finds

pregnancy VIENNA, WV -- "A three-person science committee has found evidence that could connect the toxic chemical C8 to human birth defects and high blood pressure in pregnant women, according to the latest reports made public Thursday.

Babies whose mothers had high levels of C8 in their blood were 70 percent more likely to have birth defects, according to the study by the C8 Science Panel. Woman with greater than average levels of C8 in their blood were 30 percent more likely to have preeclampsia, or high blood pressure during pregnancy, according to the panel's analysis.

Members of the three-scientist panel downplayed both findings, calling them 'weak relationships,' but also saying the results support the need for continuing to study C8's health impacts," Ken Ward Jr., Charleston Gazette.

Mar 25: DuPont to pay $1.1 million for water pollution violations

CHARLESTON, WV -- "DuPont Co. will pay more than $1.1 million in fines for repeated water pollution violations at its Washington Works plant south of Parkersburg, under a proposed deal with the state Department of Environmental Protection. The deal covers more than 700 days of water pollution violations at the plant and two related industrial waste dumps, as well as a variety of spills, failure to use pollution controls, and disposal of waste outside of landfill boundaries. DEP calculated that the violations deserved fines of more than $1.6 million, but the agency is allowing DuPont to cover one-third of that with a $500,000 'supplemental environmental project,'" Ken Ward Jr., West Virginia Gazette.

Mar 24: Preliminary report

PARKERSBURG, WV -- "The Peer Consultation Panel's preliminary report says drinking water isn't the only source of exposure for PFOA or C8. It also says, however, that the primary path of C8 to water has been from DuPont Washington Works, which uses the chemical to make Teflon. And about PFOA itself.... 'It has to be in water; it likes to stay around for a long time,' says panel member Dr. Mitchell Small. 'It travels long distances. So, usually with a lot of other chemicals, we know where to look for it. But PFOA is showing up in lots of different places.' The Peer Panel had a look at both the Washington Works plant and the well field of the Little Hocking Water District, at the beginning of its two days of meetings," Todd Baucher, WTAP.

PARKERSBURG, WV -- C8 meetings, Todd Baucher, WTAP.

WILMINGTON, DE -- Immune-system changes traced to DuPont's PFOA, "Exposure to the DuPont-made chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) appears to be connected to changes in the human immune system, according to findings from a court-appointed panel of scientists," Delaware Online.

Mar 13: EPA order slightly lowers Parkersburg-area C8 limit

CHARLESTON, WV -- "Federal regulators and DuPont Co. have agreed to a slight tightening of the C8 limit that will require the company to provide alternative water supplies to more than a dozen residences in the Parkersburg area, officials said Thursday. Under the deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, DuPont will provide new water supplies or water treatment equipment if C8 concentrations exceed 0.4 parts per billion. The previous deal, reached in late 2006, set that trigger at 0.5 parts per billion of C8. EPA officials said they worked out the new consent order with DuPont based on a C8 advisory set by the federal agency during the final weeks of the Bush administration," Ken Ward Jr., Charleston Gazette.

CHARLESTON, WV -- OMG: EPA forgets about Parkersburg, "An interesting line in this 'Fact Sheet' reports that: 'All of the area’s large public water systems, including Belpre, Little Hocking, Lubeck, Mason County, Tupper Plains/Chester and Pomeroy, are already treating water for PFOA.' Well, what about the largest public water system in the area? That’s the Parkersburg Utility Board, which serves the city itself. It serves more than 36,000 people, according to EPA’s own data. Parkersburg’s system is currently not treating water to remove C8," Ken Ward Jr., Sustained Outrage, a Charleston Gazette Watchdog Blog.

PARKERSBURG, WV -- New C8 standard, Todd Baucher, WTAP.

PARKERSBURG, WV -- EPA, DuPont reach agreement on water contaminant, Associated Press.

Mar 5: C8 might damage sperm, study says

CHARLESTON, WV -- "Men with higher levels of C8 and similar chemicals in their blood have lower sperm counts and fewer normal sperm, according to a new scientific study published this week. The study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, is believed to be the first to link exposure to perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, to problems with human semen quality... In West Virginia, DuPont Co. has used C8 since the 1950s at its Washington Works plant south of Parkersburg. C8 is a processing agent used to make Teflon and other nonstick products, oil-resistant paper packaging and stain-resistant textiles," Ken Ward Jr., Charleston Gazette.

Feb 11: DuPont gets more time to test PFOA
Environmental Appeals Board extends federal deadline 3 years

A DuPont worker packs granular Teflon for shipment in 1993.
WILMINGTON, DE -- "DuPont Co. has been given a last-minute pass on a federal deadline to complete testing on products thought to be a source of a controversial chemical in the environment. The Environmental Appeals Board has given the company another three years to finish the testing, the second federal action taken in the waning days of the Bush administration on perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, a DuPont-made chemical used in Teflon and other products. In January, the Environmental Protection Agency also set provisional guidelines on drinking-water exposure to PFOA at a level that was more lax than state guidelines in New Jersey and elsewhere. 'There's no science supporting either of these decisions. They're purely political gifts from the Bush administration,' said Richard Wiles, executive director of Environmental Working Group, one of the first groups to sound the alarm on PFOA," Andrew Eder, Delaware News Journal.

Feb 5: Bush EPA gave DuPont more time on key PFOA tests

CHARLESTON, WV -- "In the final month of the Bush administration, federal regulators gave DuPont Co. three more years to complete key tests of whether the toxic chemical C8 is leaching out of consumer products, records show. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lawyers agreed to extend DuPont's deadline -- originally set for Dec. 27, 2008 -- for three more years.The new deadline is Dec. 27, 2011, under an order approved Jan. 8 by the federal Environmental Appeals Board.DuPont had agreed to conduct the tests as part of a deal to settle a lawsuit brought by EPA. Federal officials had alleged DuPont hid from the public and regulators important information about the dangers of C8 and related chemicals." Ken Ward Jr., Charleston Gazette.

Jan 29: Study links C8 to infertility in women

conception CHARLESTON, WV -- "Researchers have found evidence that links exposure to the toxic chemical C8 to infertility in women, according to a scientific paper published Wednesday. Read the study Women with higher levels of C8 and a related chemical in their blood took longer to become pregnant than women with lower levels, according to the study. The study is believed to be the first to link infertility in women to C8, also known as perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. Researchers concluded that the levels of C8 found in the general population's blood may reduce fertility, the study said," Ken Ward Jr., Charleston Gazette. Published January 28, 2009.

Jan 28: C8 panel finds possible link to high uric acid

CHARLESTON, WV -- "Mid-Ohio Valley residents with greater levels of C8 in their blood also tend to have more of a bodily waste that has been linked to hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases, according to a new study from a panel investigating the chemical's health effects. Increased concentrations of C8 and a sister chemical in blood were "significantly associated" with increases in uric acid level, according to a study summary made public Tuesday by the C8 Science Panel... The three-member science panel is studying C8 as part of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit against DuPont over the poisoning of Parkersburg area water supplies with the chemical," Ken Ward Jr., Charleston Gazette.

COLUMBUS -- C8 study finds tie to high blood pressure, Scientists: DuPont chemical not 'causal', Spencer Hunt, Columbus Dispatch.

Jan 20: Last C8 filtration system in operation

PARKERSBURG, WV -- "DuPont says a plant designed to filter out C8 from drinking water systems in Mason County is now operational. That's the last of the filtration systems, the company which uses C8 to make Teflon, was required to install...as part of a 2005 agreement with plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit. In all, seven state-of-the-art systems were installed...two of them in West Virginia and the rest in Ohio. They include plants in Belpre, Little Hocking, and Tuppers Plains...and in Lubeck as well as the just-completed Mason County facility," Todd Baucher, WTAP.

Jan 19: EPA's C8 advisory does not address long-term risks

Locations where C8 has been found in water. (Environmental Working Group)

CHARLESTON, WV -- "Federal officials said Friday that a new C8 health advisory is not intended to address long-term exposure, drawing criticism that the action does nothing for Americans who have for years been drinking water contaminated with the toxic chemical. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is advising people to reduce consumption of water that contains more than 0.4 parts per billion of C8, also known as perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. But water companies are not required to test for the chemical, so most consumers have no idea if C8 is in their water. And where C8 has been found, EPA has generally not made specific recommendations for reducing exposure," Ken Ward Jr., Charleston Gazette. Published January 17.


WASHINGTON, DC -- Level set for chemical in nonstick products, Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post. Published January 17.

Jan 15, 2009: Bush to issue last-minute rules on C8

CHARLESTON, WV -- "Less than a week before leaving office, the Bush administration is preparing to issue an emergency health advisory for drinking water polluted with the toxic chemical C8.

The advisory is far less protective than environmental groups say is necessary, and much weaker than a guideline issued in New Jersey by the woman President-elect Barack Obama has picked to run the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The administration's surprise move comes as EPA scientists quietly investigate concerns that C8 contaminated the food chain through beef, after tainted sewage sludge was dumped on agricultural land in Alabama," Ken Ward Jr., Charleston Gazette .

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