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EPA reaches new C8 deal with DuPont

The Washington Works DuPont plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia, on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. Photo: Maddie McGarvey for The Intercept/Investigative Fund

The Washington Works DuPont plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia, on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. Photo: Maddie McGarvey for The Intercept/Investigative Fund

PARKERSBURG, WV — “Less than two weeks before the Obama administration leaves office, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday said it had reached a new agreement with DuPont Co. regarding pollution of drinking water in the Mid-Ohio Valley with the toxic chemical C8 from the company’s manufacturing plant near Parkersburg.

EPA said in a news release that it had amended its 2009 agreement with DuPont to reflect a lower level of C8 exposure recommended in an EPA health advisory issued last year. While more protective than the previous agreement with DuPont, the new number would allow larger exposures than outside scientists and regulatory experts in other states consider safe.

Exact implications of the new EPA agreement remain unclear. The EPA news release was posted on the agency’s regional website. A complete copy of the EPA order was not immediately available. The EPA did provide what was described as an abbreviated version.”

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