DuPont and Teflon Chemicals
News from 2006
Dec 29: C8 panel seeking callbacks for study
MARIETTA -- "The C8 Science Panel is now asking thousands of local study participants to contact them, offering $50 to each person who calls in and participates in a follow up study... The study was part of the settlement of a 2001 lawsuit brought by area residents against DuPont over the level of the chemical C8 found in local water supplies," Diana DeCola, Marietta Times.
Dec 15: Deal reached on filtration of C8: Construction to begin soon on plants at Little Hocking, Lubeck
MARIETTA -- "Construction on a long-awaited C8 filtration plant for Little Hocking Water Association is expected to begin within the next few months, DuPont officials said Thursday... The systems are designed to remove the controversial DuPont chemical C8, also known as ammonium perfluorooctanoate or PFOA, which has been used by DuPont since 1951 at its Washington Works plant in the production of Teflon," Brad Bauer, Marietta Times.
Dec 12: Steelworkers charge DuPont with hiding information on health effects of Teflon chemical
PITTSBURGH, PA -- "The United Steelworkers (USW) is condemning DuPont for contaminating employees around the country with some of the highest levels of the Teflon chemical, PFOA, yet to be found in human blood, while denying workers information on potential health effects. DuPont is refusing to release certain data the company collected on Parkersburg, West Virginia employees to a court-appointed panel of scientists who are investigating potential health effects suffered by thousands of Ohio and West Virginia residents after drinking water was contaminated by PFOA," Chemical Online.
Dec 8: Fluorochemical-free grease resistant paper launched
FRANCE -- "Boise claims its EcoOGR paper offers food packagers the same performance as conventional treated products, but without the health risks linked to fluorochemicals. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pushed manufacturers earlier this year to reduce the chemical's presence in products by 95 per cent no later than 2010, and completely by 2015. Fluorochemicals are used in non-stick and OGR food packaging linings, such those incorporated into pizza boxes and confectionary. The chemcials are known to rub off and migrate into foods," George Reynolds, Food Production Daily.
Dec 6: More ill effects linked to DuPont chemical
Teflon ingredient hinders animal reproduction, study finds
WILMINGTON, DE -- "A manufactured chemical used in making nonstick and stain-resistant products may disrupt important reproductive tissues in pregnant and unborn female mice, according to researchers in North Carolina. A report in the latest edition of the journal Toxicological Sciences was the latest to find possible links between C8, or perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and problems in animal health, development and reproduction," Jeff Montgomery, Delaware News Journal.
LITTLE HOCKING -- DuPont asked to step up treatment system, Jess Mancini, Marietta Times.
Dec 2: Chemical in everyday products can be found in humans; effect on health not definitively known
FORT WORTH, TX -- "As is the case with many of the 82,000 chemicals in commercial use today, health officials aren't sure what levels of perfluorochemicals in the body can cause health problems. Researchers aren't even sure of the main source of human exposure: household products, manufacturing plants or both. They know only that perfluorochemicals remain in the environment and the body for a long time," Scott Streater, Lexington Herald-Leader.
Nov 30: Marietta considers testing water for C8
MARIETTA -- "Tougher standards announced last week for a DuPont chemical that taints several area water supplies has prompted Marietta officials to consider testing the city’s taps. If levels for C8, also known as PFOA, exceed the new threshold of 0.5 parts per billion, DuPont would be required to filter the water as is happening in six water districts south of Marietta," Brad Bauer, Marietta Times.
Nov 22: U.S. EPA tightens restrictions on C8
New limit imposed for chemical level in drinking water
COLUMBUS -- "Federal environmental officials yesterday toughened a drinking-water limit on C8, a controversial chemical that DuPont uses to make Teflon... 'It recognizes what we’ve always contended, that the C8 situation may present a substantial endangerment to human health,' said David Altman, an attorney representing the Little Hocking Water Association," Spencer Hunt, Columbus Dispatch.
WILMINGTON, DE -- DuPont must cut exposure to PFOA, EPA lowers amount allowed in drinking water in parts of Ohio, W.Va., Jeff Montgomery, Delaware News Journal.
CHARLESTON, WV -- DuPont agrees to new C8 standards, Brian Farkas, Associated Press.
Nov 21: EPA, DuPont reach agreement to protect drinking water near W.Va. Plant
VIENNA, WV -- "DuPont will offer alternative drinking water or treatment for public or private water users living near the Washington Works plant if the level of PFOA detected in drinking water is equal to or greater than 0.50 parts per billion (ppb)... This action level replaces the 150 ppb threshold established under a March 2002 EPA consent order. EPA’s lowering of the action level is based on newer data from experimental animal studies and elevated blood serum levels of PFOA found in the population surrounding the plant, as compared to levels found in the general U.S. population," Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten, Manufacturing.net.
Nov 15: Science panel unveils timetable for findings of C8 health project study
VIENNA, WV -- Panel to determine if link exists between chemical, ailments, Tom Breen, Associated Press.
Nov 14: Judge urges cooperation on C8 study
No ruling given on central issue
PARKERSBURG, WV -- "A Wood County judge on Monday urged lawyers for DuPont and area residents to cooperate to resolve a dispute over the impact of the toxic chemical C8 on human health. Circuit Judge Arthur Gustke did not immediately rule on the key issue before him: whether DuPont has interfered with the study being conducted by an independent, three-person science panel," Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette.
Nov 3: C8 science panel hires communicator with possible DuPont ties
MARIETTA -- "The panel’s new hire, David Ropeik, was the director of risk communication for the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis until 2005. The industry and government funded entity has been criticized by community groups for its business-friendly policies," Callie Lyons, WMOA News.
ATHENS -- C8 study spokesman disclaims tie to DuPont, Callie Lyons, Athens Messenger.
Nov 2: Ohio EPA OKs DuPont filter plans
WASHINGTON, WV -- "In a Wednesday press release, DuPont announced the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency approved the company’s detailed engineering plans and drawings for the granular-activated carbon filtration system to remove C8, or PFOA, from water supplied to customers of Little Hocking Water Association Inc.," Jeffrey Saulton, Marietta Times.
Oct 24: Who studied DuPont's study?
SYRACUSE, NY -- "After leaving several messages with several spokespeople requesting a copy of the study, DuPont's Dan Turner finally called me back. Though he stalled a bit, Turner admitted they weren't releasing the full study to the public," Catherine Komp, The NewStandard weblog.
Oct 19: DuPont hindered C8 study, judge told
PARKERSBURG, WV -- "DuPont Co. has told a three-person science panel to stop any effort to independently examine the possible effects of the chemical C8 on the company’s plant workers, according to previously confidential documents made public late Wednesday," Ken Ward Jr., Charleston Gazette.
Oct 18: DuPont to study chemical's health impact
PARKERSBURG, WV -- "Scientists for DuPont Co. will keep studying the effects of a chemical used to make Teflon because they can't entirely rule out a connection to slightly elevated levels of kidney cancer, heart disease and diabetes among workers, the company said Tuesday," Associated Press.
MARIETTA -- Despite C8, its workers are OK, Jeffrey Saulton, Mariettta Times.
Oct 8: C8 levels far above normal, research finds
Toxin concentration high in Parkersburg-area people
PARKERSBURG, WV -- "Thousands of Parkersburg-area residents have significant levels of the toxic chemical C8 in their blood, according to previously confidential results of a landmark community health study. Blood samples of more than 30,000 people in West Virginia and Ohio contained an average of 123 parts per billion of C8, according to the preliminary data. Thats 25 times the level of C8 that the average American is estimated to have in their blood," Ken Ward Jr., Charleston Gazette.
Sep 30: Chemical found in DuPont workers
Controversial PFOA was in blood of employees at Chesterfield plant
RICHMOND, VA -- "A controversial man-made chemical has been found in blood samples taken from some employees of a DuPont Co. plant in Chesterfield County. The substance, known as PFOA, was detected at varying levels in blood samples taken in May and June from workers at the company's Spruance plant, a union representing workers there said. The company confirmed the results. The company offered the blood tests, and 89 employees accepted, after a union that represents many DuPont workers raised concerns about the chemical," John Reid Blackwell, Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Sep 24: Trucking in trouble?
DuPont plant processing questionable chemical
PASCAGOULA, MS -- "The trucks are hauling fluorotelomer alcohol, an ingredient in DuPont's line of surface-protection coatings. The alcohol is being brought from New Jersey to purify it of an unintended byproduct called perfluorooctanoic acid, also called PFOA or C8. The alcohol is pumped through a process DuPont officials said will chemically destroy about a thousand pounds of PFOA a year. Remnants of the impurity, totaling about two pounds a year, leave the plant through Pascagoula's municipal sewage lines and go to the Moss Point/Pascagoula wastewater-treatment plant," Mike Keller, South Mississippi Sun Herald.
Sep 20: Ohio water district drops C8 lawsuit against DuPont
MARIETTA -- "A rural water district dropped a lawsuit it filed earlier this year accusing the DuPont Co. of dragging its feet on building a water treatment plant to filter out a likely cancer-causing agent. The Little Hocking Water Association said Monday it was withdrawing its lawsuit so that it and Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont could devote their full attention to getting a treatment system built. Association general manager Robert Griffin noted in a news release that the water district could refile the lawsuit within the next year without losing any legal rights," Delaware News Journal.
Aug 11: C8 levels rise in Fayetteville plant workers
Jul 17: ConAgra seeking substitutes for fluorocarbons in food packaging
Effort seeks to avoid traces of PFOA, the "Teflon Chemical"
BOSTON, MA -- "Perfluorooctane sulfonates (PFOS) are members of a relatively new class of perfluorinated compounds which have also proved hazardous. A new directive is therefore needed to deal with these chemicals. The Environment Committee also voted for the directive to apply to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which has a similar structure and toxicity to PFOS, according to a recent OECD study. Concentrations of this substance will also be limited to 0.005% by mass," press release, Green Century Capital.
SPAIN -- EU: Teflon and Gore-Tex under Parliament's microscope, press release, European Union.
PASCAGOULA, MS -- Activists protest DuPont releases, State allows Pascagoula plant to discharge small amounts of chemical, Julie Gopodman, Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
Jul 13: Health Project leaders 'plowing new ground'
Officials developed testing system from scratch; Underestimated how many people would show up to be tested
PARKERSBURG, WV -- "When Art Maher and Dr. Paul Brooks were approached about leading the C8 Health Project, Maher said they were intrigued by the challenge. Both were retired but had the requisite pedigree to direct a never-before-done scientific study into the effects of perfluorooctanoic acid (C8) contamination in drinking water," Juliet A. Terry, The State Journal.
Jun 21: Sticking it to Teflon
TORONTO, CANADA -- "In North America, it has been widely reported, as many as 95 per cent of all people have traces of the key ingredient in Teflon PFOA for perfluorooctanoic acid in their bloodstream. What's more, this compound, which has been linked (in very high doses) to health and reproductive problems in lab animals, can take decades or longer to be expelled from the body. Now Canada, bless it, is set to become the first country in the world to ban the next generation of four so-called long-chain perfluorinated acids," Robert Sheppard, CBC News.
Jun 15: Lawsuit targets PFOA from Chambers Works
SALEM COUNTY, NJ -- "The DuPont Co. faces another in a series of class-action lawsuits targeting the company's releases of a chemical used to make nonstick and stain-resistant products, this time in New Jersey. In the suit, filed Wednesday in Salem County, Pennsville resident Donald Coles charged that the Chambers Works Plant in Deepwater, N.J., released perfluorooctanoic acid (also known as PFOA or C8) and related chemicals into groundwater tapped by utilities in Pennsville Township and Penns Grove," Jeff Montgomery, Delaware News Journal.
RICHMOND, VA -- Discolored water found at DuPont, Groups press state DEQ to investigate possible Spruance plant pollutants, John Reid Blackwell, Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Jun 7: In search of a pan that lets cooks forget about Teflon
NEW YORK, NY -- "Like many home cooks, I have sent my nonstick skillets to the moldy recesses of my basement, where they have joined the 1950's aluminum pots and the Dru casseroles. What led to this step were unsettling reports that an overheated Teflon-coated pan may release toxic gases. All pans with nonstick coatings are subject to the same problems, according to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit environmental research and advocacy organization," Marian Burros, New York Times.
Jun 4: Is Teflon risky?
Nonstick pots can emit nasty stuff if used incorrectly
NEW YORK, NY -- "Unfortunately, it turns out that when Teflon is heated to over 600°, the coating can break down and release a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. The fumes can be fatal to pet birds. In humans, DuPont acknowledges, they can cause a reversible flulike condition called polymer-fume fever, first noted in the company's labs. In animals, though, PFOA can cause cancer, immune-system damage and death. And about 95% of all Americans have traces of PFOA in their blood. No study has proved that cooking with Teflon is harmful to humans. But DuPont paid $107.6 million in 2004 to settle a lawsuit brought by some 50,000 people who lived along the Ohio River near its West Virginia plant," Michael D Lemonick, TIME Magazine.
Jun 3: DuPont discharge meeting set
Chemical PFOA will be reviewed
JACKSON, MI -- "Mississippi's Department of Environmental Quality will hold a special meeting Tuesday in Jackson to decide whether to allow DuPont's First Chemical Corporation to process and discharge a controversial chemical used in non-stick and heat-resistant coatings. The meeting comes from the company's request to modify a permit to discharge treated effluent to Pascagoula's wastewater treatment plant, which would then be pumped into the Pascagoula River," Mike Keller, Biloxi Sun Herald.
Jun 2: Wal-Mart's action on Teflon chemicals in packaging to take a year
COLUMBUS -- "The U.S. EPA reported on March 3 that DuPont would phase-out the Teflon chemical PFOA by 2015. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, is working to remove such chemicals from their packaging and expects it to be 'definitely a year' before changes are taking place.
Matt Kistler, Wal-Mart's Vice President for Product Development and Private Brands told Simona Vaclavikova, Ohio Citizen Action Columbus Area Program Director, during conversations, which go back to March 31, that Wal-Mart is already working with their suppliers on this goal," press release, Ohio Citizen Action, 20 Kb doc.
COLUMBUS -- EPA stands firm on C8 stance, Spencer Hunt, Columbus Dispatch.
May 31: DuPont dealt lawsuit
PARKERSBURG, WV -- "Parkersburg resident Michael Ireland says he doesn't know a lot about C-8, but he knows enough to be concerned. 'This talk of C-8 just adds to my feeling of helplessness as a citizen, because I am not able to handle the technical problems of ensuring my drinking water is safe.' Now something has been done, this time in Parkersburg. Last year, new readings showed the presence of the chemical that's used to make Teflon. An attorney says it was above the level that prompted other communities to receive blood tests and filtration systems," Andrea Wilcox, WTAP News.
May 29: Coming to terms with perils of non-stick products
TORONTO -- "Teflon and Scotchgard are among the best-known brand names in the world, and have been used in billions of dollars of non-stick and stain-resistant consumer products. Their use is so widespread, there probably isn't a person in North America who hasn't eaten a meal cooked on a non-stick pan, worn stain-resistant or water-repellant clothing, or had fast food served on a greaseproof wrapper. But after nearly five decades of extensive consumer and industrial use, some of the chemicals behind the popular brand names have been linked to cancers and even deaths in laboratory animals, and Environment Canada is concerned about their impact on wildlife," Martin Mittelstaedt, Toronto Globe and Mail.
WASHINGTON, DC -- To non-stick, say non, merci', group urges, Martin Mittelstaedt, Toronto Globe and Mail.
TORONTO -- Canada's chemical reaction, A review by federal regulators has determined that chemicals once thought to be benign are potentially dangerous for the physical health of Canadians, Martin Mittelstaedt, Toronto Globe and Mail.
May 26: Steelworkers president offers union's full support for Teflon-chemical lawsuit against DuPont in New Jersey
PITTSBURGH -- "United Steelworkers (USW) president Leo W. Gerard has thrown the support of his union's 850,000 members behind a lawsuit to clean up water supplies potentially contaminated with PFOA and other Telfon-related chemicals in impacted areas surrounding DuPont's Chambers Works plant in New Jersey, and to monitor residents' health for harmful effects. 'We have joined in the past year with communities in New Jersey and other states to hold DuPont Company (NYSE:DD) accountable for any contamination of water supplies from its plants and any adverse effects on workers and nearby residents," said Gerard," United Steelworkers press release, Businesswire.
May 24: Water district sues DuPont over chemicals besides C8
COLUMBUS -- "The nonprofit Little Hocking Water Association has long held a central role in the national debate over perfluorooctanoic acid, known as PFOA or C8, which DuPont uses to make Teflon at its Washington Works plant, located across the Ohio River near Parkersburg, W.Va. A lawsuit Little Hocking filed last week states that other chemicals, including C5, C6, C7, C9 and C10, were found in its water and customers blood. Though C8 is the main issue, Little Hocking attorney David Altman said the other chemicals increase Little Hockings concerns for its customers health," Spencer Hunt, Columbus Dispatch.
PARKERSBURG, WV -- C8 levels have increased in city, Brett Dunlap, Parkersburg News and Sentinel.
VIENNA, WV -- C8 Health Project to include another 1,500 area people, Pamela Brust, Marietta Times.
SEATTLE, WA -- A `cocktail of chemicals' in your blood? : Results from study show a multitude of toxins residing in state residents, Erica Hall, King County Journal.
May 23: C8 levels rising
PARKERSBURG, WV -- "When tests were made in the late winter of 2002, Parkersburg had a nearly non-detectable level of the chemical DuPont uses to make Teflon. But tests made last october by a company commissioned by DuPont, and repeated two months later, indicate those levels are rising, particularly in water wells where originally, virtually no C8 could be found at all. 'The chemical would be both the air and the water,' says Eric Bennett, of the Parkersburg Water Department. 'What causes it to raise, I don't know. I do know the prevailing wind is right up the river,'" Todd Baucher, WTAP News.
DES MOINES, IA -- 4 more states, D.C. join Teflon lawsuit, David Pitt, Houston Chronicle.
May 20: More than just C8 a concern
MARIETTA -- "Theres more than C8 in the drinking water and bloodstreams of some Little Hocking Water Association customers, according to a lawsuit the company filed against DuPont Corp. on Monday. In addition to C8 (ammonium perfluorooctanoate or PFOA), the suit says testing has revealed less concentrated amounts of other perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), including C4 through C11... 'Weve done very limited testing and found these other perfluorinated compounds in the water and in peoples blood,' said D. David Altman, attorney for the water association," Sam Shawver, Marietta Times.
May 18: Lawsuit: DuPont dragging feet over water treatment plant
MARIETTA -- "A water district has accused chemicals maker DuPont Co. in a lawsuit of threatening not to build a treatment plant as required by a settlement over the presence of a likely carcinogen in the water supply. DuPont is making the alleged threat to try to coerce a water district into dropping its right to sue in the future, said David Altman, an attorney for the rural southeastern Ohio water district," Associated Press.
May 17: Water system sues DuPont
MARIETTA -- "Officials with DuPont Washington, W.Va., Works were left feeling frustrated and disappointed after the Little Hocking Water Association filed a lawsuit against the company in Washington County Common Pleas Court Monday. At the heart of the dispute is the ongoing issue of the chemical C8 in Little Hockings water system. Little Hocking water has the highest concentrations of C8 of affected local water systems," Kevin Pierson, Marietta Times.
PARKERSBURG, WV -- C8 lawsuit, Andrea Wilcox, WTAP News.
May 11: C8 chemical health study nearing completion
PARKERSBURG, WV -- "About 61,000 people have completed blood tests for a Mid-Ohio Valley health study involving a chemical used to produce Teflon as the review nears its end... The samples will be analyzed to determine if there is a link between health problems and the chemical ammonium perfluorooctanoate," Associated Press.
May 10: Lawsuit seeks to turn up the heat on DuPont over its Teflon cookware
DES MOINES, IA -- "A lawsuit representing millions of owners of Teflon-coated cookware has been filed in U.S. District Court, seeking to combine complaints from 16 states into one master lawsuit. The suit, filed Monday in Iowa because of its central location, alleges that Teflon manufacturer DuPont Co. failed to disclose possible health risks from using the nonstick cookware," David Pitt, Associated Press.
May 9: Water system submits plant plan
LITTLE HOCKING, OH -- "Customers of the Little Hocking Water Association are one step closer to having C8-free water after the water association Friday submitted construction plans and specifications to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for a treatment center. The action will enable the Ohio EPA to begin reviewing the proposed treatment center plans. Construction on the estimated $2 million facility will begin once the review is complete, said Bob Griffin, general manager of the Little Hocking Water Association," Kevin Pierson, Marietta Times.
DES MOINES, IA -- Teflon-cookware owners file suit over potential chemical dangers, Sara Schaefer Munoz, Wall Street Journal.
May 8: 61,000 tested as part of C8 study
PARKERSBURG, WV -- "Brookmar Inc., coordinator of the C8 Health Project, reports 61,000 people have been tested as part of the C8 Health Project. Ohio and West Virginia residents in the region are participating in a health screening involving a chemical used to produce Teflon. The screening is part of a settlement with DuPont Co. over the companys use of ammonium perfluorooctanoate, also known as C8, at its Washington, W.Va., Works plant near Parkersburg. Residents sued the company in 2001 claiming DuPont contaminated their public and private drinking water wells. The settlement involved residents living in six public water districts in the Mid-Ohio Valley," Pamela Brust, Marietta Times.
May 3: Consumer news - popcorn bag danger
FLINT, MI -- "What other snack whose smell alone gets your cubicle mates to stand up and ask 'who's got popcorn?' Americans gobble up some 17.3 billion quarts of it a year. Scientists are taking a second look at the packaging of this snack food staple. A recent FDA study found that a flurotelemer, a coating used to make microwave popcorn bags grease resistant, is seeping into popcorn. 'On the food ingredient list it doesn't include popcorn, butter and flurotelemers,' said former DuPont senior scientist Glenn Evers," Dr. Sanjay Gupta, ABC News.
Apr 27: Investors send DuPont management a message, loud and clear-- Now is the
time to move on safer alternatives to PFOA
WILMINGTON, DE -- "With 480 million shares voted at the shareholder meeting, 27.3% of the vote (reported in a preliminary count) reflects $5.7 billion in shareholdings. Sanford Lewis, of DuPont Shareholders for Fair Value (DSFV) put the vote in perspective: 'Whenever resolutions on environmental or toxic chemical issues are filed, if they get more than 10% of the vote, we believe it sends a message to management that shareholders are growing very concerned. By contrast, a vote of this magnitude is so big that it can't be ignored. We hope management takes action based on this resounding show of concern.' The PFOA resolution was one of the highest percentage votes ever recorded on contested resolutions concerning environmental issues," press release, Sanford Lewis, DuPont Shareholders for Fair Value.
WILMINGTON, DE -- Dozens protest at DuPont meeting, Pollution, pensions and retiree benefits among the concerns, Jeff Montgomery, Delaware News Journal.
WILMINGTON, DE -- Protesters call for changes, Andrew Frankum, New Jersey Sunbeam.
WILMINGTON, DE -- DuPont shareholders reject proposal to phase out chemical, Lawrence Hajna, South Jersey Courier-Post.
Apr 26: Environmentalists, workers to protest at DuPont's shareholder meeting today
WILMINGTON, DE -- "DuPont workers and residents from contaminated communities will protest at DuPont's shareholder meeting, Wednesday, April 26, in Wilmington, Delaware. DuPont is putting America at risk with its safety, health and environmental threats. Affected citizens from all over the country will give personal accounts to shareholders, company executives and the public," press release, United Steelworkers and Ohio Citizen Action. 21kb doc.
WILMINGTON, DE -- Protest set for Wilmington, Delaware DuPont meeting, Courier-Post.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- 3M agrees to pay $1.5 million penalty in chemical case, Associated Press.
Apr 25: DuPont to fight PFOA suit
PENNSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ -- "DuPont Chambers Works officials plan on fighting the federal lawsuit filed earlier this month involving the trace amounts of Perflourooctanoic Acid known as PFOA or C8 found in Carneys Point, Penns Grove and Pennsville. PFOA is a synthesized chemical used as a processing agent, not an ingredient, for flouropolymers which are used in anything from non-stick cookware to all-weather clothing. PFOA can also be found in firefighting foams," Andrew Frankum, Today's Sunbeam .
DES MOINES, IA -- Plaintiffs seek class-action status for Teflon lawsuits against DuPont, Associated Press.
Apr 22: Chemical discharge into river alleged
RICHMOND, VA -- "An environmental group and a union representing DuPont workers claimed yesterday they have evidence that the company's Spruance plant is discharging a potentially harmful chemical into the James River. The Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club and the United Steelworkers union said a water sample they collected at the Chesterfield County plant's river discharge site contained PFOA," John Reid Blackwell, Richmond Times Dispatch.
Apr 20: Teflon lawsuit to begin
Lawsuit claims coating has potential to cause illness
DES MOINES, IA -- "Several lawyers from across the United States will be converging at the federal courthouse in Des Moines. They have filed class action lawsuits claiming that the Teflon used to coat cooking products is harmful... 'The science indicates there's something that people need to be concerned about with regard to the active chemical in Teflon,' Wandro said. The decision made in Iowa could affect millions across the country," KCCI.
Apr 19: Suit alleges DuPont contamination of water
SALEM COUNTY, NJ -- "Drinking water supplies near a DuPont facility in New Jersey have been contaminated with chemicals, including a suspected carcinogen used in the production of Teflon, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday... The plaintiffs are seeking class-action status and compensatory and punitive damages for what they describe as the 'intentional, knowing, reckless and negligent acts and omissions of DuPont in connection with the contamination of human drinking water supplies,'" Randall Chase, Associated Press.
Apr 17: W.Va., Minn. have similar problem
CHARLESTON, WV -- "Conflicts of interest between state environmental agencies and the polluters they regulate are a serious concern. These conflicts occur because special-interest money distorts the political process. Lobbying and campaign contributions from people affiliated with companies that produce toxic chemicals have an impact on governors, who appoint the heads of state agencies responsible for environmental protection and public health. So it was no surprise that the governor of West Virginia appointed Stephanie Timmermeyer, a lawyer who previously represented DuPont, as head of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, John Marty, Charleston Gazette.
Apr 12: Teflon manufacturing substance gets increased scrutiny
WASHINGTON, DC -- "What should I do about my Teflon cookware? That was a question that popped into a lot of people's minds in January after a news report that DuPont, the maker of Teflon, and the Environmental Protection Agency had reached an agreement to phase out production of a chemical used in the making of Teflon. While one effect of the news was to make people wonder about their choice of cookware, a bigger impact was to bring to light concerns about PFOA, which can be found in small amounts in a wide variety of products, and its widespread presence in the environment," Cindy Sutter, Scripps Howard News Service.
Apr 11: DuPont shareholders to vote on whether to accelerate phase-out of PFOA
PITTSBURGH, PA -- "At the upcoming DuPont Company annual meeting on April 26, shareholders will be asked to vote as to whether the board of directors should report on options to accelerate the elimination of the controversial chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). The resolution was filed by Amalgamated Bank's Longview Fund. Julie Gozan of Amalgamated Bank stated, 'We are concerned that DuPont's phase out of these chemicals is not expeditious enough to mitigate risk to shareholder value. To our awareness, the company plans to continue using PFOA for the foreseeable future. As shareholders, we urge management to act more decisively to eliminate PFOA,'" Daily Business News.
DES MOINES, IA -- Teflon legal war to open in Iowa, Cedar Valley Courier.
Apr 7: Does DuPont know of health risks? Let's find out
DES MOINES, IA -- "I'm just tired of feeling in the dark about what toxic effect all those chemicals are having on people's health. I'm tired of seeing people who had no known risk factors get diagnosed with various kinds of cancer and other mysterious, debilitating illnesses for no apparent reason. Tired of feeling helpless to protect the health of loved ones, no matter how well we all eat or exercise. And I'm tired of finding out, too long after the fact that companies knew of potential health risks from their chemicals but kept them hidden," editorial, Rekha Basau, Des Moines Register.
Apr 4: DuPont hopes Teflon charges don't stick
Judge prepares to hear barrage of class action lawsuits
DES MOINES, IA -- "A $5 billion struggle over the safety of Teflon-coated cookware kicks off in a Des Moines courtroom later this month, as a team of lawyers representing more than 72 clients fires the opening shots in a complex class-action case that's likely to drag on for years. The initial lawsuits were filed on behalf of 72 consumers from Florida, Massachusetts, California and elsewhere. The plaintiffs don't claim actual injury. Rather, they want the courts to order Teflon manufacturer DuPont to pay for the medical monitoring they say they need because of their exposure to Teflon cookware," Truman Lewis, Consumer Affairs.
Apr 3: Teflon lawsuit turns nation's eye to D.M.
DES MOINES, IA -- "Court papers allege that E.I. DuPont De NeMours & Co., the company that has sold Teflon since 1946, misled customers and withheld information about a chemical used to make Teflon. DuPont officials have insisted that Teflon-coated products are safe. But the lawsuits describe toxic gases that were emitted when the pans are heated to 464 degrees or higher. Documents allege that the chemicals have been known to cause cancer in laboratory animals, and that fumes have killed pet birds kept in unventilated kitchens," Jeff Eckhoff, Des Moines Register.
Mar 28: Investors pressure DuPont over risks of genetically-modified products
SAN DIEGO, CA -- "The shareholders also want DuPont to hire an independent environmental expert to review the company's risk management processes. 'As investors, we are deeply concerned that DuPont may unknowingly be sowing the seeds of risk,' said John Wilson, director of socially responsible investing for CBIS. 'We don't need another Teflon-like hidden risk at DuPont,' Wilson added, referring to concerns about the potential health and environmental effects of perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, a processing aid in the manufacturing of fluoropolymers that are used in a variety of products, including Teflon-coated cookware," Randall Chase, Associated Press.
Mar 23: DuPont's Teflon coverup
Mar 21: Safety concerns adhere to nonstick chemicals
Man-made molecules in products, people
KANSAS CITY, MO -- "Scientists consulted by the government suggest these man-made molecules have the potential to cause cancer or birth defects. And regulators are leaning on chemical makers to ease them out of the factory and, soon after, the marketplace. 'Were not arguing so much anymore if this is a harmful chemical,' said Tim Kropp, a toxicologist for the Environmental Working Group. 'Now the questions are, what are we going to do about this?,'" Scott Canon, Kansas City Star.
Mar 20: C8 in food packaging
ConAgra keeps admitting and denying it uses Teflon chemicals
COLUMBUS -- "Ohio Citizen Action has taken the lead asking major food companies to disclose use of "Teflon chemicals" in food packaging. The chemical coating used on foods is sometimes called "fluorotelomers," and can also include the dangerous chemical known as C8 or PFOA (some fluorotelomers break down into C8). Food giant ConAgra, maker of Orville Redenbacher popcorn and hundreds of brands of foods, has made a series of statements about their food packaging, both admitting and denying the use of C8 and Teflon chemicals in their packaging. Here's a recap of our exchange of letters with ConAgra, and their statements to date," Simona Vaclavikova, Ohio Citizen Action.
Mar 15: News from United Steelworkers:
Steelworkers say EPA acknowledgement of heightened risk for Teflon chemicals requires more aggressive action, not voluntarism
PITTSBURGH, PA -- "The United Steelworkers said today that the Environmental Protection Agency must go further to stop DuPont and other manufacturers from exposing the public to the controversial, Teflon-related chemical PFOA, especially in light of EPA's acknowledgement in a proposed rule in last week's Federal Register that the 'EPA can no longer conclude that these polymers will not present an unreasonable risk to human health or the environment.' 'While EPA has finally recognized the obvious, it must create more pressure on the manufacturers of PFOA to eliminate it altogether and find a safe substitute,' said Leo Gerard, USW president," press release, United Steelworkers.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Scientists hail PFOA reduction plan, EPA's call to voluntarily reduce PFOA and related chemicals, a primary agent in producing nonstick and stain-resistant products, will remove the chemicals from the environment years earlier than if the agency had gone the regulatory route, scientists predict, Rebecca Renner, Environmental Science & Technology.
Mar 13: Clampdown proposed for perfluorinated chemicals
EPA says some fluoropolymers can break down into toxic substances
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "EPA said it proposed the change because some fluoropolymers may degrade, releasing perfluoroalkyl sulfonates or perfluoroalkyl carboxylates. These substances are expected to bioaccumulate, persist in the environment, and are likely to be 'highly toxic,' the agency said. Also, studies suggest that perfluoroalkyl sulfonates and carboxylates may get released in the air when items made with certain fluoropolymers are burned in municipal waste incinerators, EPA said. In addition, fluorotelomer alcohols have been detected in six U.S. cities, a finding that indicates these chemicals are likely widespread in the air, EPA said," Cheryl Hogue, Chemical & Engineering News. Article originally published March 10.
Mar 10: Group seeks details on C8
RALEIGH, NC -- "An environmental group Thursday cited rising levels of C8 in blood samples from DuPont workers near Fayetteville and asked the company to release detailed information that could indicate whether residents around the plant are in danger. 'Theres no reason for them to sit on this information, unless they have something to hide,' said Rick Abraham, a Houston-based environmental consultant for the United Steelworkers Union. 'We believe this is information that the community has a right to know,'" John Fuquay, Fayetteville Online.
LITTLE HOCKING -- Little Hocking system still not filtered, Brad Bauer, Marietta Times.
Mar 9: U.S. EPA admits C8 may be unsafe for humans
Agency says chemical used by DuPont also poses a risk to the environment
WASHINGTON, DC -- "Federal officials have quietly admitted that chemicals used to make popular nonstick, nonstain products may be unsafe to humans and the environment. 'Based on recent information, EPA can no longer conclude that these polymers will not present an unreasonable risk to human health or the environment,' the Environmental Protection Agency said in the proposal -- published without fanfare in a federal legal register Tuesday," Jeff Montgomery, Delaware News Journal.
ALAMEDA, CA -- Study: Ethnic differences in presence of carcinogen, Whites have highest level of contamination of compound found in nonstick cookware, Douglas Fischer, Inside Bay Area.
Mar 8: Chemical trace found in Pennsville well
PENNSVILLE, NJ -- "Very small traces of the synthetic chemical perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, were found in one of the township-owned wells tested in Pennsville... Tracy Carluccio, the special projects director for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network in Washington's Crossing, did the initial testing in Pennsville, Carneys Point and Penns Grove and sent the results to the Department of Environmental Protection. 'We think the info we learned supports our argument that DuPont should do testing on a regular basis,' Carluccio said," Andrew Frankum, Today's Sunbeam.
COLUMBUS , GA -- With the revelation that a chemical used to make nonstick cookware be considered a likely carcinogen, many cooks are wondering whether Teflon and its peers are safe, Joanna Poncavage, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
Mar 4: Belpre's C8 filtration system in use
BELPRE -- "As the one-year anniversary of the settlement in the C8 lawsuit passed this week, the second C8 water filtration system, located in Belpre, went into operation Tuesday. The filtration systems are planned for the six affected water districts of Belpre, Little Hocking, Chester/Tuppers Plains and Pomeroy in Ohio, and Mason County, and Lubeck in West Virginia... The filters are being constructed by DuPont Washington, W.Va., Works as part of the year-old settlement in a lawsuit alleging ammonium perfluorooctonate (commonly called C8), used in the production of Teflon at the Washington Works plant, was being discharged into area waters causing health concerns. DuPont has contended and continues to contend C8 has no adverse health effects on humans," Pamela Brust, Marietta Times.
Mar 3: DuPont will cut PFOA output
It's one of 8 firms agreeing to work toward eliminating chemical by 2015, EPA says
RICHMOND, VA -- "Eight companies including DuPont have agreed to greatly reduce emissions of the chemical PFOA by 2010 and work toward eliminating it by 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday. PFOA, short for perfluorooctanoic acid, is a processing aid used in making nonstick and stain-resistant products, such as Teflon. The chemical has been especially controversial for DuPont, which agreed to pay $16.5 million last year to settle EPA claims that the company withheld information on potential health risks associated with the chemical after it was found in groundwater near a West Virginia plant," John Reid Blackwell, Richmond Times-Dispatch.
ST. PAUL, MN -- 3M agrees to PFOA curbs, Says U.S. targets are already met, John Welbes, St. Paul Pioneer Press.
SALEM, DE -- Chemical found in water, Andrew Frankum, New Jersey Sunbeam.
Feb 22: Steelworkers, environmental, consumer groups urge California to list Teflon chemical as a carcinogen
PITTSBURGH, PA -- "On Wednesday, a coalition consisting of the United Steelworkers, Sierra Club, Environmental Law Foundation, Environment California, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Working Group filed a petition to have PFOA listed as 'a chemical that is known to the state to cause cancer' under California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly referred to as Proposition 65," press release, United Steelworkers.
BELPRE -- Getting the C8 out, Todd Baucher, WTAP News.
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Weinberg proposal A scientific consulting firm says that it aids companies in trouble, but critics say that it manufactures uncertainty and undermines science, Paul Thacker, Environmental Science and Technology.
MARIETTA -- Spring water free of C8, Brad Bauer, Marietta Times.
CLEVELAND -- Safety of nonstick cookware in question, Cinda Williams Chima, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Feb 21: Will chem scare stick to Teflon?
Component in nonstick coating is linked to several serious ills and is found everywhere
WASHINGTON, DC -- "The Environmental Working Group, which has done its own studies and petitioned the EPA about PFOA hazards, argues that Teflon emits toxic particulates at a lower temperature than DuPont claims. But chemist Scott Mabury, whose research has provided data suggesting that sources of PFOA are largely household products such as stain repellents and nonstick chemicals, believes focusing on Teflon misses the bigger picture. 'Its far more appropriate to look at the stain-resistant coatings on paper products, carpets and fabrics,' said Mabury, professor of environmental chemistry at the University of Toronto, who still uses nonstick pans. 'Theyre more likely to explain the worldwide contamination,'" Julie Deerdorff, Chicago Tribune. Article originally published February 12.
Feb 20: Something in the water: Are we next?
FAYETTEVILLE, NC -- "C8 is a substance that helps in the chemical reaction that must occur to form Teflon. Teflon is useful because it is so chemically stable, said Hudson, manager of DuPonts Fayetteville Works. That is good when eggs dont stick to the frying pan, but there is a down side, too. Nature has a difficult time breaking down C8. Instead, it accumulates in the environment and in the blood of people and animals... Federal regulators still want to know if an accumulation of C8 harms the human body. So do the people who live close to the Fayetteville Works,'" Nomee Landis, Fayetteville Online.
Feb 19: 'They knew we had it in our blood'
LITTLE HOCKING -- "He said a lot of people at the West Virginia plant had health problems, including sore joints, cancer and heart attacks. Taggart has arthritis. He is suspicious about C8. 'They used to give us a physical once every two years,' he said. 'Then it was once a year, then every six months, then every three months. We wondered why we were being monitored so close, but they didnt say. 'They knew we had it in our blood. They wanted to know what we had,'" John Fuquay, Fayetteville Online.
VINCENT -- Dream house becomes a nightmare, John Fuquay, Fayetteville Online.
LITTLE HOCKING -- Risk is part of daily life in this town, John Fuquay, Fayetteville Online.
PARKERSBURG, WV -- Something in the Water, John Fuquay, Fayetteville Online.
Feb 17: Our View: We need help tracking and containing a chemical that may be cancer-causing.
FAYETTEVILLE, NC -- "Thats where the EPA comes in. The federal agency knows a fair bit about C8 and it has plenty of experience tracking pollutants in the air and water. We dont want or need to wait for the final, definitive answers about C8s toxicity. What we want is the EPAs presence here, promptly, to track and measure the stuff, to get it out of the environment to the greatest extent possible, and to ensure that no more of it leaks from DuPonts facility. Thats not too much to ask. Its the EPAs job," editorial, Fayetteville Online.
Feb 16: Teflon chemical likely a carcinogen, panel says
DOVER, DE -- "A group of scientific advisers to the Environmental Protection Agency voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a recommendation that a chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon and other nonstick and stain-resistant products should be considered a likely carcinogen... PFOA is a processing aid used in the manufacturing of fluoropolymers, which have a wide variety of product applications, including nonstick cookware. The chemical also can be a byproduct in the manufacturing of fluorotelomers used in surface protection products for applications such as stain-resistant textiles and grease-resistant food wrapping," Randall Chase, Associated Press.
PITTSBURGH, PA -- United Steelworkers Union unveils website on DuPont's safety failures, press release, United Steelworkers.
Feb 14: Safety Concerns May Stick to Teflon
As a chemical used in the coating is studied for cancer risk, DuPont and cookware companies fear losing sales
LOS ANGELES, CA -- "A nasty environmental tempest that has maker DuPont Co. and cookware companies worried that garage sales in the coming weeks will be stuffed with discarded nonstick pots and pans... At Wal-Mart Stores Inc., 'we are monitoring the issue,' said Karen Burke, spokeswoman for the Bentonville, Ark., retail chain. 'We are working with our suppliers and the regulatory agencies to reduce the presence of PFOA in products in our stores.' Because there is little information about how the chemical affects humans, the EPA asked U.S. companies last month to voluntarily eliminate public exposure to the chemical. DuPont pledged to meet the deadlines," Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times.
PARKERSBURG, WV -- C8 Health Project requesting additional consent forms from 2005 participants, press release, C8 Health Project.
Feb 10: Walter filters for Teflon chemical being installed
WASHINGTON, WV -- "Residents of five water districts in Ohio and West Virginia claimed the chemical - ammonium perfluorooctanoate, or C8 for short - used at DuPont's Washington Works plant near Parkersburg contaminated public and private water supplies. DuPont denies the chemical harms human health, but has provided bottled water to residents until it can install and begin maintaining carbon filter systems to settle the 2001 class action lawsuit. Pomeroy, Ohio, activated its treatment system this week, said Harry Deitzler, a Charleston attorney who represented the residents. Filters for the system in Belpre, Ohio, should be working next week, he said," Akron Beacon Journal.
Feb 8: As Teflon troubles pile up, DuPont responds with ads
NEW YORK, NY -- "The chemical used to make Teflon as well as grease-resistant packaging and stain-resistant textiles has been the subject of a lot of bad news recently... The recent negative publicity prompted DuPont, which manufactures Teflon nonstick cookware, to run full-page advertisements last week in newspapers (including The New York Times), telling the public that cookware coated with Teflon 'is safe' and that 'there is no reason to stop' using it. The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit environmental research and advocacy organization, agrees that Teflon-coated pans are not a major source of PFOA, but says they should be used with care," Marian Burrows, New York Times.
SHEVILLE, NC -- Is there life after Teflon?, Rick McDaniel, Asheville Citizen Times.
Feb 7: Red flag over Teflon
NEW YORK, NY -- "No one knows exactly how the chemical gets into the bloodstream, but Sue Bailey believes PFOA is why her son has severe facial defects. He was born in the 1980s, when she worked around PFOA chemicals at Dupont and she remembers a Dupont doctor calling her shortly after the birth. 'He was asking all these questions, wanting to know what the deformity was,' Bailey told Attkisson. 'I asked him why he needed to know that and he told me that any time there was a birth defect or a deformity they had to know all about it because it had to be reported. But they did not report it,'" Sharyl Attkisson, The Early Show, CBS News.
Feb 6: Teflon chemical found in infants
Hopkins researchers are studying toxin's effects on newborns
BALTIMORE, MD-- "PFOA is a highly durable, man-made chemical used since the 1950s in the manufacture of Teflon nonstick pans, rain-repellent clothing, aerospace equipment, computer chips, cables, automobile fuel hoses and numerous other products. 'We make a lot of chemicals that are extremely persistent, and we mass-produce them, but we never consider the life cycles of these chemicals,' Halden said... Over five months, Goldman and her colleagues collected blood samples from the umbilical cords of 300 newborns. The researchers used an instrument called a liquid chromatography mass spectrometer to analyze the blood, and they found that 298 of the samples contained PFOA, Goldman said," Tom Pelton, Baltimore Sun.
FT WAYNE, IN -- Sticky questions about chemicals, editorial, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
Feb 4: Del. plant releases C8-type chemicals
HARES CORNER, DE-- "For years, a small factory released unknown amounts of Teflon-related chemicals into the air -- chemicals larger companies are under pressure to eliminate worldwide. The little-noticed record highlights what some groups call loopholes in federal pollution reduction efforts. Environmental Protection Agency officials were recently concerned enough to propose mandatory reporting of C8 and associated emissions nationwide, although adoption could be years away. State Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control officials said they quietly targeted the Delaware emissions in 2003 when they required additional pollution control steps for a Teflon baking operation," Jeff Montgomery, Delaware News Journal.
Feb 1: U.S. EPA probes safety of key chemical in Teflon
Majority of advisory panel calls it a 'likely' carcinogen; changing french-fry cartons
NEW YORK, NY -- "The push by federal regulators last week to cut back on certain chemicals used to make nonstick, water-repellent and grease-resistant products could affect an array of consumer goods. The Environmental Protection Agency is pressuring eight companies to reduce the presence of a group of chemicals that are used in the manufacture of such things as nonstick cookware, microwave popcorn bags, fast-food containers, carpeting, nail polish and stain-resistant clothing," Sara Schaefer Munoz, The Wall Street Journal. Published January 31, 2006.
PARKERSBURG, WV -- C8 project to cap at 70,000 people, Wayne Towner, Parkersburg News and Sentinel.
WASHINGTON, DC -- DuPont to phase out PFOA packaging chemical, DuPont has agreed to phase out a chemical used in grease proof wrapping for foods, leaving packagers scrambling for alternatives, Food Production Daily.
Jan 31: EPA panel again finds C8 'likely' carcinogen
WASHINGTON, DC -- "EPA is in the final stages of a first-of-its-kind study of how C8 has gotten into most Americans bloodstream and whether it is harmful. The release of the latest scientific report comes less than a week after the EPA announced a voluntary program to reduce C8 emissions and levels of the chemical in consumer products. Also, in December, DuPont agreed to pay $10.25 million in fines to settle EPA allegations that it hid important information about C8s dangers. C8 is another name for ammonium perfluorooctanoate, or PFOA. DuPont has used it since the 1950s at its Washington Works plant south of Parkersburg to make Teflon and other similar, nonstick and stain-resistant products that are widely used," Ken Ward Jr., Charleston Gazette.
WASHINGTON, DC -- C8 a likely cancer risk, federal report says, Not all on science panel agree with that decision, Jeff Montgomery, Delaware News Journal.
DOVER, DE -- Panel: Teflon Chemical a Likely Carcinogen, Randall Chase, Associated Press.
Jan 30: Crystal Ball On The Environment
Detective work and expertise are used to evaluate environmental contaminants of emerging concern
BERKELEY, CA -- "Several presentations at Pacifichem addressed long-chain perfluoroalkyl compounds and their degradation products, which currently are at the head of the list of compounds of emerging concern. These chemicals are used in a wide array of consumer products ranging from pizza-delivery boxes and nonstick cookware to car parts and stain-resistant carpet. The inertness of the C-F bond helps provide the stain-, oil-, and water-resistance that makes these perfluoroalkyl compounds useful. But when the perfluorocarbon chain is seven carbon atoms or longer, the compounds resist degradation, accumulate in the environment, and are potentially toxic," Stephen K. Ritter, Chemical & Engineering News.
Jan 29: EPA acts to curtail potential carcinogen
Chemicals are used in Teflon-coated cookware, stain-resistant blue jeans
WASHINGTON, DC -- "The chemicals, so-called perfluorinated compounds, particularly one known as 'PFOA,'would join an extremely short list of compounds banned or subject to voluntary withdrawals in the United States. 'The science is still coming in. But the concern is there,' said Susan Hazen, the EPA's acting assistant administrator for the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. 'So acting now to minimize the release of PFOA is the right thing to do.' Activists cheered the effort as the opening of a 'hopeful chapter.' But loopholes in the program suggested that the EPA's action would not force perfluorinated compounds off the market," Douglas Fischer, San Mateo County Times.
Jan 27: DuPont plant will work to contain chemical
FAYETTEVILLE, NC -- "The Fayetteville DuPont plant is the only place in the United States where the chemical is manufactured. DuPont ships it to its Washington Works plant near Parkersburg, W.Va., where it is used to make Teflon, and sells it to other companies. The chemical has caused problems for the communities around the West Virginia plant, where it has gotten into drinking water. DuPont settled a class-action lawsuit there in March involving more than 50,000 people. DuPont agreed to pay $107.6 million to settle the suit and spend as much as $235 million for health monitoring of those people," Nomee Landis, Fayetteville Observer.
PENNSVILLE TWP, NJ -- DuPont asked to phase out Teflon byproduct, Trish Graber, Today's Sunbeam.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Teflon under fire for toxicity, Group claims it should be avoided, Mike Keller, South Mississippi Sun Herald.
Jan 26: U.S. EPA urges phaseout of C8
COLUMBUS -- "Consumer advocates here in Ohio have been pushing for more than a year to get companies to stop selling products that contain C8 - a chemical used to repel water, grease and stains. 'C8 can be found in a huge variety of consumer products. That is our number one concern,' Simona Vaclavikova of Ohio Citizen Action told 10TV. Products include non-stick cookware, cleaning supplies and waterproof clothing. Ohio Citizen Action says the chemical is also used to coat paper products like fast food packaging, pizza boxes and microwave popcorn bags. Now, it's also turning up in people's bloodstreams," Jennifer Steiner, WBNS.
DOVER, DE -- DuPont agrees to try to reduce chemical in Teflon as part of voluntary EPA program, Randall Chase, Associated Press.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Harmful Teflon compound nixed, Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post.
CHICAGO -- Teflon chemical on EPA hit list Ingredient set to join lead, other pollutants, Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune.
Jan 25: U.S. EPA tries to curb use of Teflon chemical
DOVER, DE -- "The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday invited chemical companies to join a global effort to eliminate the use of a suspected cancer-causing chemical used in manufacturing Teflon and other non-stick and stain-resistant products. The initiative calls for DuPont and seven other companies that make or use perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its precursors, and similar compounds to reduce environmental releases and levels of those chemicals in products by 95% no later than 2010, using the year 2000 as a baseline. The EPA also wants the industry to work toward elimination of sources of PFOA exposure no later than 2015," Randall Chase, Associated Press.
DOVER, DE -- EPA calls for end of releases of chemical used to make Teflon, Jeff Montgomery, Delaware News Journal.
NEW YORK, NY -- US asks companies to slash output of Teflon compound, Timothy Gardner, Reuters.
Jan 24: 'Small' amount of C8 reported in well
Environmental coalition renews calls for federal investigation of DuPont plant in N.C.
FAYETTEVILLE, NC -- "A newly reported DuPont test found what company representatives called a 'small' amount of C8, a compound used to make Teflon, in a private well north of the plant. But a coalition of environmental organizations called the C8 Working Group used the information to continue to push for an independent federal probe. 'While this is a low concentration [in the private well], without a comprehensive and independent investigation, the source of this contamination will not be found, leaving off-site residents completely vulnerable,' the coalition said in a statement," Jeff Montgomery, Delaware News Journal.
DAVIS, CA -- Chemical runoff found in bottled water, Lawsuits filed in Midwest over concerns of exposure, E. Ashley Wright, California Aggie.
Jan 23: Sticky situation update
FAYETTEVILLE, NC -- "DuPont's facility on the Cape Fear River, near Fayetteville, North Carolina, is now the only U.S. plant making C8. The 3M company had supplied the chemical to DuPont until concerns about potential health effects caused them to stop making it. So DuPont started making it in 2002. Hope Taylor-Guevara, of the group Clean Water for North Carolina, says it wasn't long before C8 started showing up in nearby monitoring wells... There were releases into groundwater that were recorded within a few months, and we also have documentation of very elevated C8 levels in the blood of workers at the plant," Steve Curwood, Living on Earth, National Public Radio.
Jan 18: U.S. EPA urged to monitor DuPont North Carolina plant
FAYETTEVILLE, NC -- "Environmental groups Tuesday said federal agencies should actively guide monitoring of pollution released at DuPont Co.'s Fayetteville, N.C., plant where a key chemical in Teflon production is made. The North Carolina C8 Working Group request focused on chemicals already targeted in a wide-ranging Environmental Protection Agency risk study... 'We believe EPA's participation in the January sampling, as it is now proposed, will only serve to legitimize an investigation that at best could be described as woefully inadequate, and at worst, a coverup,' the groups said in a letter to the EPA," Jeff Montgomery, Delaware News Journal.
Jan 17: DuPont in hot water
WILMINGTON, DE -- "Sanford Lewis interviews Glenn Evers, a former DuPont chemical engineer, and Attorney Alan Kluger, who is suing DuPont regarding Teflon. Evers, who worked for DuPont for more than 20 years, recently flagged concerns regarding health impacts of Dupont products used to coat fast food wrappers. Kluger has filed a $5 billion lawsuit against Dupont over the alleged toxicity of Teflon coated cookware. Lewis is himself a representative of DuPont Shareholders for Fair Value," Corporate Watchdog Media.
Jan 16: Clean and Green
Shorter carbon chains make stain beaters safer
EDMONTON, CANADA -- "Of particular concern is perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), one of the most common fluorosurfactant breakdown products. Last July the science advisory board of the Environmental Protection Agency recommended that the EPA classify it as a 'likely' human carcinogen. Canada has already banned some compounds that have the potential to break down to PFOA in the environment. Chemists, however, are now changing the structure of fluorosurfactants so that they do the job but are safer and do not accumulate in the environment," Rebecca Renner, Scientific American.
Jan 13: DuPont Teflon chemical C8 found in Ohio stream, bottled water
MARIETTA -- "A stream in Williamstown, Ohio tested positive on Jan. 12 for C8, a DuPont chemical used to make Teflon. DuPont has a plant in Washington, WV, about 18 miles north of Williamstown. The plant is expected to have leaked the C8 chemical, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency... It is expected that Crystal Spring, based out of Marietta, Ohio, received its water from the effected stream. Customers in the Ohio district reported having C8 levels that were nearly 80 times higher than the usual amount found in drinking water," John Soltes, Foodconsumer.org.
Jan 12: Bottled water given to residents also tainted with C8
COLUMBUS -- "More than 1,000 southeastern Ohio residents were provided with bottled spring water after tests revealed that the wells providing their tap water were tainted with C8. Then someone tested the spring water. It, too, contained C8. 'We frankly didnt expect to find anything,' David Altman, an attorney representing Little Hocking Water, said of the bottled water. 'We were quite surprised.' Little Hocking officials decided to test the bottled water to assess how accurate C8 testing methods were. Thats when they found traces of C8 in Crystal Spring Water, which is bottled in Marietta," Spencer Hunt, Columbus Dispatch. Access fee; no link.
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Teflon chemical found In spring water, CBS News.
MARIETTA -- Bottled water given to DuPont customers tests positive for C8, Associated Press.
FAYETTEVILLE, NC -- Our view: Closer oversight can ease the tension at DuPont and among its neighbors, editorial, Fayetteville Observer.
Jan 10: Traces of C8 found in spring
WILLIAMSTOWN -- "Trace amounts of the DuPont chemical C8 were recently detected in a Williamstown spring used by one of the bottling companies under contract with Little Hocking Water Association to provide C8-free water to its customers. It is the first time the chemical has been detected in a water source this far upstream from DuPonts Washington, W. Va., Works plant near Parkersburg, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. But until just recently, scientific equipment was not sophisticated enough to detect the chemical at the amounts recorded, which were in the parts per trillion range. Williamstown is about 18 miles northeast of the DuPont plant," Brad Bauer, Marietta Times.
VINCENT -- Warren board members unhappy, Kevin Pierson, Parkersburg News and Sentinel.
Jan 7: DuPont in sticky situation over Teflon chemical
PARKERSBURG, WV -- "The corporate giant DuPont is in a sticky situation over a chemical used to make the nonstick material Teflon, one of its top selling products. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the company failed to disclose what it knew about the potential health effects of the chemical, known as C8 or PFOA. DuPont knew the chemical was getting into water supplies near one of its facilities, knew that it was in the blood of workers, and knew it was toxic to animals in studies," Jeff Young, National Public Radio.
Jan 5: Wood Schools to get $1.25 million from DuPont
PARKERSBURG, WV -- "Wood County Schools will receive $1.25 million over the next three years as part of DuPont's C-8 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The money, comes with strings attached, however, requiring the school district to use the funds to create eco-friendly lessons for junior- and senior-high school chemistry classes. In December, DuPont agreed to pay $10.25 million in fines and $6.25 million for environmental projects as part of a settlement with the government agency. The EPA had alleged the company hid information about the dangers of a chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon," Michael Erb, Parkersburg News and Sentinel.