By: The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
PARKERSBURG, WV – An organization is demanding DuPont provide the documents showing how environmental damages caused by the company will be addressed following a spinoff of its Performance Chemicals division.
Keep Your Promises DuPont Monday said many of the liabilities are from the contamination of drinking water in the Mid-Ohio Valley with the chemical C8 from the company’s Washington Works plant. DuPont has provided incomplete information about what will happen to the environmental and litigation liabilities for which the company is responsible, the organization said.
DuPont in December announced a new publicly traded company will be created from the separation of its Performance Chemicals division, The Chemours Company. The change impacts the Washington Works site.
“DuPont and Chemours remain committed to fulfilling all its environmental and legal obligations that have been ongoing at its Washington Works facility in accordance with existing local, state and federal regulatory guidelines,” according to a statement from Dan Turner, DuPont Corporate Media Relations, regarding Keep Your Promises’ demands.
Keep Your Promises wants to see the separation agreement in the spinoff that specifies the environmental liabilities and how the liabilities will be transferred. The information was not reported in a February filing with the Security and Exchange Commission, the organization said.
The group wants to make sure the promises made to residents by DuPont are not broken, said Joe Kiger, a member of the advisory committee of Keep Your Promises.
“We don’t want to see them passed off to another company,” he said.
Kiger said the situation with the spinoff “bears an eerie resemblance to past attempts” of avoiding responsibility for environmental damages, Kiger said.
“For example, Kerr-McGee’s spinoff of Tronox in 2006 was ruled by a judge as a fraudulent attempt to avoid environmental responsibilities,” he said.
Besides the Mid-Ohio Valley, other communities affected by the spinoff are in Harrison County in West Virginia, Edgemoor, Del., Deepwater, N.J., Wayne County in Georgia, Fayetteville, N.C., and Pompton Lakes, N.J., Keep Your Promises said.
“We can’t know for sure how this spinoff will affect our community until we have access to the documents DuPont has kept secret that could give us the details of the split,” Kiger said. “DuPont needs to stop this secrecy so that we know that we will not be left in the lurch when they leave town later this year.”