launches to pressure DuPont to abide by terms of C-8 settlement

PARKERSBURG, WV – Today, Keep Your Promises officially launched at to hold DuPont accountable for their commitments to the people of the Greater Mid-Ohio Valley. DuPont’s promises were made in connection to a 2005 settlement agreement to address the corporation’s contamination of communities’ drinking water with the chemical C-8.

“DuPont has been aware of the dangers of C-8 for decades, and they agreed to make amends with the people affected,” stated Keep Your Promises Advisory Committee member Joe Kiger. “Growing up in Parkersburg I have seen firsthand the impact of C-8 on my family and friends. For the sake of everyone impacted by this dangerous chemical, we must hold DuPont to their promises.”

Keep Your Promises is a community-based organization that is demanding that DuPont keeps its promises to compensate the people who are sick due to C-8 now and in the future, to fund and effectively administer the community’s medical monitoring, and to ensure that water in the affected water districts is safe to drink.

C-8, also known as perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA, was used by DuPont in the manufacturing of Teflon at the company’s Washington Works plant near Parkersburg, WV. The C-8 Science Panel, an independent panel of epidemiologists appointed to study the chemical and its effects on human health, determined that C-8 has a ‘probable link’ to several diseases, including kidney and testicular cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, high cholesterol, and pregnancy-induced hypertension.

Keep Your Promises is seeking to educate Greater Mid-Ohio Valley community members about how to obtain medical monitoring for diseases linked to C-8 exposure, educate community members about the safety of their drinking water, and provide ways for community members to take action to stand up for their rights.

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

About Keep Your Promises

Keep Your Promises is a community-based organization dedicated to holding DuPont to the promises it made to the people of the Greater Mid-Ohio Valley in connection to the company’s contamination with the chemical C-8. The organization was developed in partnership with the Action Network Fund, a nonprofit organization that empowers citizens to stand up for their communities and their livelihoods in the face of corporate abuse.

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