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DuPont Faces Trial of C-8 Exposure

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Abi Reyes2 years ago

According to Reuters, DuPont is facing litigation alleging unsafe C-8 exposure from residents near one of the company’s West Virginia plants.

Detail so the C-8 Expsoure

DuPont will face the first trial in litigation from residents in West Virginia. The lawsuit focuses on DuPont’s Washington Works plant where the company used perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA or C-8).

Residents accuse DuPont’s plant of harming them with a toxic chemical that leaked into their water. They say DuPont has been using perfluorooctanoic acid at the company's plant since the 1950s and continued using it after learning about its toxicity.

Carla Marie Bartlett argues that she developed kidney cancer from the contaminated water; one of six diseases linked to perfluorooctanoic acid. Bartlett is the first case to go to trial in an early test of potential liability.

Performance chemicals spinoff Chemours is lookiing to cover Dupont's liability even though DuPont is the defendant. DuPont supposes that personal health issues are to blame for Bartlett’s cancer, and not perfluorooctanoic acid. 

Long-Term Effects of C-8 Exposure

People who are regularly exposed to water contaminated with C-8 run an increased risk of developing serious complications, including:

  • Thyroid disease
  • Kidney cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension

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