Today, in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of a drinking water health advisory for C-8 of 0.07 parts per billion, Dr. Paul Brooks released the following statement on behalf of Keep Your Promises DuPont:
“EPA’s guideline is a step in the right direction, but it is insufficient to protect people’s health from the harmful effects of C-8 exposure, which include testicular cancer, kidney cancer, ulcerative colitis, and other serious illnesses. If EPA wants to protect us from C-8, the guideline for long term exposure must be lowered to 0.001 parts per billion, the threshold the latest science on the chemical determines is safe.
“EPA must set a legally enforceable standard that will protect the millions of Americans drinking C-8-contaminated water. This guideline falls short of that goal.
“Meanwhile, my family, my friends, and my neighbors across the mid-Ohio Valley are still drinking water contaminated with C-8 at levels exceeding this guideline. For example, in my community of Vienna, West Virginia, the water is contaminated above this level. This is unacceptable, and given this new guideline, our water must be filtered immediately.”