Wednesday, December 14, 2005

EPA Fines Over $10M For Failure to Disclose Health Impact Information at West Virginia Facility

Just saw the Yahoo News item announcing that DuPont has agreed to pay $10.25M in fines and $6.25M in environmental projects to settle allegations by the EPA that the company failed to disclose information about the dangers of toxic chemicals used to make Teflon.

This is particularly of interest to West Virginians because this settlement relates to the events surrounding DuPont's production of PFOA, also known as C-8, for over 20 years at its West Virginina facility and the contamination and health impact on the water supplies near the company's Washington Works plant near Parkersburg, W.Va.

This settlement follows a Febuary decision by the company where the company agreed to pay more than $107 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed in 2001 by Ohio and West Virginia residents who claimed that DuPont intentionally withheld and misrepresented information about the human health threat posed by PFOA.

Here is Dupont's press release on the Settlement with EPA.

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