Starting in 1951, DuPont used a chemical called C-8 to manufacture Teflon in my hometown of Parkersburg, WV. And they continued to for decades, even after discovering its life-threatening side effects in the mid-70’s.
DuPont finally came clean about C-8’s links to conditions like cancer, colitis and thyroid disease in a 2001 lawsuit. Despite that settlement, they’ve delayed crucial water safety programs, paid out less than one-percent of the medical monitoring fund they agreed to, and not compensated the thousands of people who are sick!
C-8 is harmful. DuPont knew this and hid the truth for decades. When the truth came out, they made promises they haven’t kept. My community isn’t the only one – there are dozens of others across the country.