C8 Exposure Lawsuit

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What’s the Problem?

Starting in the 1950s and continuing on through the turn of the century, DuPont Chemical used C8 (which is also known as PFOA or perfluorooctanoic acid) to manufacture Teflon at its Washington Works Plant in Parkersburg, WV. During the Teflon manufacturing process, large amounts of C8 were released into the air and water surrounding the plant. Additional quantities of the substance were scattered in local landfills and then into the Ohio River. As a result, at least six water districts (two in WV and four in Ohio) were contaminated with C8, including:

  • Little Hocking, Ohio
  • Lubeck Public Service District, West Virginia
  • City of Belpre, Ohio
  • Mason County Public Service District, West Virginia
  • Tuppers Plains, Ohio
  • Village of Pomeroy, Ohio

C8 Exposure Side Effects

If you lived along the Ohio River near the DuPont plant in Parkersburg, WV, anytime between the 1950s and December 2004, you may have been exposed to C8. People who regularly drank or bathed in the contaminated water are at risk for developing the following conditions, which an independent science panel has linked to C8 exposure:

  • thyroid disease
  • kidney cancer
  • testicular cancer
  • ulcerative colitis
  • pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • other serious health complications

As a result of reports of these complications in patients exposed to C8, a medical panel has been appointed to decide what screening or monitoring might be appropriate for at-risk individuals. Until the panel’s conclusions are reached, people suffering from diseases linked to C8 exposure may proceed with personal injury claims against DuPont. A class action settlement agreement filed in Wood County Circuit Court by area residents indicates that the company may not dispute the fact that C8 can cause the diseases the science panel has linked to exposure.



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