PARKERSBURG – A DuPont-Chemours watch group this week issued a report it says is a comprehensive summary of the companies’ worldwide liabilities from C8 contamination, but the report was “misleading and inaccurate in many respects,” Chemours said.
Keep Your Promises DuPont cited five areas of liability, including contamination at a plant in Shimizu, Japan, where the levels found in workers are the highest heretofore seen, said Mark Fleischman of Keep Your Promises.
“Those are DuPont numbers,” he said.
C8 has been linked to six human diseases, according to the science panel study of medical data from 70,000 residents in the Mid-Ohio Valley required in the settlement of a class action lawsuit from C8 exposure from the DuPont Washington Works Plant. C8, also known as PFOA, was used to make Teflon and its use has been discontinued at the Washington Works.
Chemours was spun off from DuPont last year. Keep Your Promises was created to ensure someone remained responsible for the liabilities, the group said.
The Keep Your Promises report was released in anticipation of the Chemours and DuPont annual general meetings on Wednesday, Fleischman said. The organization cites liabilities from:
* C8 contamination from the Teflon plant in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, where representatives from Keep Your Promises, including Dr. Paul Brooks of Vienna, recently met and spoke with residents, scientists and politicians.
The Dutch Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment has asked for an accelerated testing program on residents based on early test results showing “serious levels of exposure,” the report said.
* Contamination from the Teflon plant in Shimizu where workers in several stages “of the production process have shown exceptionally high C8 levels in their blood and C8 has been detected in 10 wells at the production facility,” the report said.
The concentrations of C8 in the blood serum of plant workers considered to have the least exposure to the chemical were 111 parts per billion to 822 ppb, much greater than the average 350 ppb in the DuPont worker in the Mid-Ohio Valley, said Jeffrey Dugas, a spokesman for Keep Your Promises, citing test results from DuPont. C8 at 5 ppb in people can lead to high cholesterol, he said.
* Growing liabilities in the Mid-Ohio Valley. In February, Vienna reported levels of C8 contamination in municipal drinking water exceeding 0.1 parts per billion.
* Liabilities from 40 C8 exposure lawsuits to be tried next year. A plaintiff in one settlement this year from a federal court in Cincinnati was awarded $1.6 million.
* Accelerated government action over C8 contamination in drinking water and the effects on human health, including the EPA’s new standard for C8 contamination.