PARKERSBURG, WV – Last week, Keep Your Promises drew the attention of Michael Rozen, director for the medical monitoring program funded by DuPont as part of the 2005 C-8 settlement, who announced an improved effort to reach out to potential victims of the chemical C-8 less than a week after Keep Your Promises announced its public demands.
Keep Your Promises is pointing to comments made by Michael Rozen about the low level of participation in the medical monitoring program.
“We’re happy to see that Michael Rozen is responding to one of our organization’s demands, but DuPont and Rozen need to fulfill their other promises as well,” stated Joe Kiger, a local member of the Keep Your Promises Advisory Committee. “Rozen’s statement that he is “pleasantly surprised” by the current enrollment in the medical monitoring program is insulting to the people suffering from DuPont’s contamination with C-8 in the Valley.”
Rozen reports that only 4,769 eligible participants have been admitted to the medical monitoring program, a small fraction of the potential enrollment. In addition, of the $235 million fund established to fund the program, just $23,840.43 has been approved as payment for medical services under that program. By contrast, nearly 70,000 community members were successfully tested during the initial testing program.
The move was an about-face for Rozen, who weeks ago had fought in court against any further publicity about the medical monitoring program.
“Statements like this from Rozen show how necessary Keep Your Promises is to holding DuPont accountable,” Joe Kiger said. “We expect DuPont to make good on their promises to this community, and paying out less than 0.01 percent of the fund to the mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters harmed by C-8 is not nearly enough, and not compensating those who are already ill is shameful.”
More information regarding DuPont’s involvement with C-8, the terms of the 2005 settlement, and the process for obtaining medical monitoring can be found at KeepYourPromisesDuPont.com.