Keep Your Promises DuPont, which represents people living near DuPont’s West Virginia plant who were exposed to PFOA, saw the spinoff as a deliberate dodge. “It looked to us like another way for DuPont to avoid paying the people of the mid-Ohio valley what they were owed,” said Dugas. “All of a sudden these massive liabilities are being transferred to a poorly capitalized company.”… Read More

WITH NEW EPA ADVISORY, DOZENS OF COMMUNITIES SUDDENLY HAVE DANGEROUS DRINKING WATER Sharon Lerner May 19 2016, 2:36 p.m. THE EPA ANNOUNCED new drinking water health advisory levels today for the industrial chemicals PFOA and PFOS. The new levels — .07 parts per billion (ppb) for both chemicals — are significantly lower than standards the agency issued… Read More

TEFLON TOXIN CONTAMINATION HAS SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE WORLD Sharon Lerner Apr. 19 2016, 10:32 a.m. IN RECENT MONTHS, PFOA, the perfluorinated chemical formerly used to make Teflon, has been making news again. Also known as C8, because of its eight-carbon molecule, PFOA has been found in drinking water in Hoosick Falls, New York; Bennington, Vermont; Flint,… Read More

A CHEMICAL SHELL GAME How DuPont Concealed the Dangers of the New Teflon Toxin Sharon Lerner Mar. 3 2016, 3:51 p.m. MARK STRYNAR AND Andrew Lindstrom walked down the muddy bank of the Cape Fear River toward the water, sampling equipment in hand. It was the summer of 2012, and the scientists, who both work for… Read More

NEW TEFLON TOXIN CAUSES CANCER IN LAB ANIMALS Sharon Lerner Mar. 3 2016, 3:49 p.m. THE CHEMICAL INTRODUCED by DuPont in 2009 to replace the surfactantPFOA causes many of the same health problems in lab tests that the original chemical did, including cancer and reproductive problems, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. PFOA, also known as… Read More

FLINT RESIDENTS MAY HAVE BEEN DRINKING PFCS IN ADDITION TO LEAD Sharon Lerner Feb. 17 2016, 9:58 a.m. RESIDENTS OF FLINT, MICHIGAN, who drank lead in their water may also have been exposed to perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, according to areport from the Michigan Department of Community Health. The May 2015 report showed elevated levels of… Read More

POISONING THE WELL Special Report: Toxic Firefighting Foam Has Contaminated U.S. Drinking Water Sharon Lerner Dec. 16 2015, 9:48 a.m. LORI CERVERA HAD ALWAYS been an active person. She liked camping, playing outdoors with her kids, and practically lived in her running shoes. She didn’t have much patience for illness. So when she developed a dull… Read More

  DUPONT FOUND LIABLE IN TEFLON TOXIN TRIAL Sharon Lerner Oct. 8 2015, 12:40 p.m. The Teflon Toxin Part 5 After less than one full day of deliberation, a jury in Columbus, Ohio, found DuPont liable for $1.6 million in a personal injury claim over C8 contamination. A JURY HAS FOUND DUPONT liable for negligence in the case… Read More

THE TEFLON TOXIN How DuPont Slipped Past the EPA Sharon Lerner Aug. 20 2015, 4:03 p.m. Part 1: DuPont and the Chemistry of Deception Part 2: The Case Against DuPont   MIKE ROMINE GREW UP in Blennerhasset, West Virginia, not far from DuPont’s Parkersburg plant. Throughout his childhood and young adulthood, Romine was probably exposed through his drinking water… Read More