Hidden secrets of
Dupont and Teflon chemicals

DuPont Chemical's Washington Works on the Ohio River,
just down from Marietta, Ohio, and Parkersburg, West Virginia.
For 50 years, DuPont has manufactured “Teflon” chemicals and used them to keep the grease and stains away from products such as cookware, carpets, clothing, and fast food wrapping.

However, DuPont has known since as early as the 1960s that these chemicals can cause serious health hazards to workers and the public. Internal warnings from DuPont scientists and medical studies conducted on workers during the 1970’s and 1980’s were hidden from the public until they were unearthed in lawsuits over the past 6 years. The studies showed that DuPont knew Teflon chemicals would build up in human blood, wouldn’t break down in the environment, were toxic, and could cause serious health problems, including liver damage, reproductive and developmental defects and cancer.

More about health hazards and Dupont's cover up of health studies Contamination is widespread

The most dangerous of the Teflon chemicals is known as C8 or PFOA (perfluorooctanic acid). A panel of independent scientists advising the Environmental Protection Agency declared this chemical a likely human carcinogen on June 28, 2005.

This chemical is used at DuPont’s plant on the Ohio River in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Tests show that Teflon chemicals contaminated air and drinking water supplies in West Virginia and Southeast Ohio near DuPont’s plant in Parkersburg, W. VA.

Due to the widespread risks to human health and the environment, the original maker of Teflon chemicals, 3M, chose to stop making these chemicals in 2000. DuPont is now the only manufacturer in the US.

In a quote on the DuPont website, CEO Charles Holliday, Jr. says,

"We will never compromise our core values – safety and environmental excellence, integrity, high ethical standards and treating people fairly and with respect. They are our foundation. We must continually strive to find ways to enhance them," DuPont website.

What we want

  • Stop the use of Teflon chemicals in food packaging immediately
  • Make public all the data on health and safety regarding Teflon chemicals
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