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Eight Mile residents hold a rally before a protest march in downtown Mobile. (Julie Dermansky for DeSmogBlog)
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‘We cannot breathe:’ A poor Alabama town has lived with the rotten egg stench of gas for 8 years

EIGHT MILE, AL — “When methane started leaking out of a well at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility outside Los Angeles last October, noxious fumes blanketed the nearby Porter Ranch neighborhood for months. Residents complained of nausea, nosebleeds and vomiting; more than 8,000 families were forced out of […]

Study: At least 6 million at risk from PFOA chemical family
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Study: At least 6 million at risk from PFOA chemical family

CHARLESTON, WV — “Drinking water systems serving at least six million Americans have shown levels of C8 and other similar chemicals higher than a health advisory issued earlier this year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study published Tuesday by researchers from Harvard University and several […]

A series of lawsuits contend that DuPont's Washington Works chemical plant on the Ohio River west of Parkersburg, West Virgina dumped toxins into the river that have sickened thousands of people. photo: Craig Holman | Dispatch  photo
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DuPont loses another ‘bellwether’ C8 lawsuit

COLUMBUS — “David Freeman hugged Michael Papantonio after a federal court jury awarded him $5.1 million on Wednesday in his lawsuit against DuPont. The Marietta College professor might give his attorney a bear hug later this week after the same jury, which decided the company had acted with malice when […]

DuPont may dodge toxic lawsuits by pulling a disappearing act
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DuPont may dodge toxic lawsuits by pulling a disappearing act

NEW YORK, NY— “More than 30 years later, the question of how many waste and cleanup sites the company created in its more than two centuries of operation has taken on new urgency. Early this month, a trial got underway in Ohio over the industrial chemical PFOA (also known as […]

Tell the EPA to look at the FULL picture of toxic risks
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Tell the EPA to look at the FULL picture of toxic risks

Every day, millions of Americans are exposed to toxic chemicals from multiple polluters near their neighborhoods. From Cleveland to Marietta to Cincinnati, Ohioans are exposed, for example, to heavy metals like lead from several different facilities, each with its own lead limits, based on a human exposure assessment. Science and […]

Despite clear dangers, DuPont kept using a toxic chemical
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Despite clear dangers, DuPont kept using a toxic chemical

NEW YORK, NY — “In the case of PFOA, DuPont brazenly dumped its toxic waste into a creek that ran through a pasture where farmers grazed and watered their cows, causing grotesque malformations and deaths among the animals. Meanwhile, the company hid evidence that the chemical had contaminated the local […]

The lawyer who became DuPont’s worst nightmare
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The lawyer who became DuPont’s worst nightmare

CINCINNATI — “The story began in 1951, when DuPont started purchasing PFOA (which the company refers to as C8) from 3M for use in the manufacturing of Teflon. 3M invented PFOA just four years earlier; it was used to keep coatings like Teflon from clumping during production. Though PFOA was […]

DuPont’s deadly deceit: The decades-long cover-up behind the “World’s most slippery material”
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DuPont’s deadly deceit: The decades-long cover-up behind the “World’s most slippery material”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — “Teflon was first created, as many miracle chemicals were, in a laboratory accident. In 1938, Roy J. Plunkett, a DuPont chemist, was experimenting with refrigerants when he discovered a white waxy material that seemed very slippery. The material turned out to be an inert fluorocarbon – […]

Poisoning the well
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Poisoning the well

Toxic firefighting foam has contaminated U.S. drinking water WARRINGTON, PA — “In 2012, data gathered from plaintiffs in a class-action suit Bilott and others filed against DuPont found that exposure to PFOA was likely linked to kidney cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid diseases, ulcerative colitis, high cholesterol, and preeclampsia. The minimum level […]

Eramet Marietta study shows correlation between manganese and low IQ in children
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Eramet Marietta study shows correlation between manganese and low IQ in children

MARIETTA — A research study published today in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal, concluded that both low and high manganese concentrations in the blood and hair of school aged children were, “negatively associated with child IQ scores.” Dr. Erin Haynes, Associate Professor of Epidemiology  of the University of Cincinnati Department of […]