Atomic bombs, leaded gasoline, Teflon: DuPont Co. built materials that powered the products defining American industrial and military might in the 20th century.
Jobs have been scaled way back at old DuPont sites along the Delaware, Ohio, and other great rivers. But the plants remain home to caustic and cancer-causing byproducts, held back by pumps, pipes, and barriers, not to mention litigation and negotiations with local governments, community groups, and regulators.
Who’s going to manage these long-term threats, now that DuPont is spinning off old chemical units into a smaller new company, Chemours, on July 1?… Read More
Jeff Mordock, The News Journal 1:49 p.m. EDT June 11, 2015 (Photo: SAQUAN STIMPSON/SPECIAL TO THE NEWS JOURNAL) A group alleging DuPont failed to meet its environmental obligations has threatened action with the Securities and Exchange Commission over the Chemours spin off. The organization, Keep Your Promises DuPont, said Tuesday it will submit information to the… Read More
About 20 members of Keep Your Promises greeted shareholders before DuPont’s proxy vote Wednesday morning.
“We just want to send a simple message to shareholders that Ellen Kullman’s not being honest about the Chemours spinoff,” said Jeffrey Dugas, one of the organizers.
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Center for Effective Government, By Amanda Starbuck | May 7th, 2015 In 1938, a DuPont chemist accidently created a chemical compound that would make thousands of products water- and stain-resistant. The compound belongs to a family of chemicals known as perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs). PFCs soon made their way into nonstick cookware, carpeting, food packaging, and… Read More
Bloomberg Businessweek by Jack Kaskey May 7, 2015 — 12:01 AM EDT Updated on May 7, 2015 — 4:46 PM EDT DuPont used a chemical known as C-8 for decades at the Parkersburg, West Virginia plant to make Teflon non-stick pans, raingear and stain-resistant carpet. Source: The Marietta Times via AP Photo DuPont Co.’s… Read More
A top federal health official and hundreds of environmental scientists on Friday voiced new health concerns about a common class of chemicals used in products as varied as pizza boxes and carpet treatments.
The concerted public campaign renews a years-old debate about a class of chemicals known as poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs. After studies showed that some PFASs lingered in people’s bodies for years, and appeared to increase the risks of cancer and other health problems, the chemical manufacturer DuPont banned the use of one type of PFAS in its popular Teflon products, and other companies followed suit.… Read More
PARKERSBURG, WV – More oversight in the administration of the C8 Medical Monitoring Program was called for Wednesday.
In a press release the Keep Your Promises DuPont group announced it released an open letter to the C8 Medical Panel from a member of its advisory committee.
In the letter to Drs. Dean Baker, Melissa McDiarmid and Harold Sox, of the medical panel, Dr. Paul Brooks said more oversight of the medical monitoring program was needed to make sure local residents get the program promised under the terms of the settlement of the case claiming DuPont contaminated local water supplies with the chemical C8…… Read More
From WVPublic.org PARKERSBURG, WV – The community-based organization Keep Your Promises Dupont released an open letter the C-8 Medical Panel asking for oversight in the court-mandated C-8 Medical Monitoring Program. The monitoring program was established after a toxic chemical known as C-8, in community water supplies near the DuPont Washington Works plant just south of… Read More
Update: 4/14/2015 5:25 P.M A group called “Keep Your Promises” continues to push DuPont to step up implementation of its C8 medical monitoring program. It now includes the efforts of a local doctor who helped conduct tests on local residents. Dr. Paul Brooks oversaw blood tests, providing data for the C8 Science Project. In an… Read More
Drs. Dean Baker, Melissa McDiarmid, and Harold Sox: It has come to our attention that the C-8 Medical Monitoring Program has failed time and again to effectively deliver medical monitoring to the population the program was created to help: class members in the Mid-Ohio Valley who have been exposed to the harmful chemical C-8. The… Read More