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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- There are no known human health
effects associated with exposure to the amount of a chemical some
Wood County residents say has contaminated their drinking water, E.I.
DuPont deNemours & Co. officials say in response to a lawsuit.
Customers of Lubeck Public Service District in Wood County filed a
lawsuit in August against the water supplier and the company, saying
they are concerned about the health effects of a chemical used at
DuPont's Washington Works to manufacture Teflon.
The lawsuit, filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court, asks for an
unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages, plus medical
testing for residents who get their drinking water from the Lubeck
C-8 poses a health risk to humans at concentrations of less than
one part per billion, the level set by DuPont as an exposure
guideline for drinking water, the lawsuit said.
In a written statement released earlier, company officials said
DuPont has used C-8 at its Washington Works plant for more than 50
years. The company says its level of C-8 discharge is safe.
DuPont admits C-8 has a tendency to persist ``in the blood of
animals and humans,'' and the American Conference of Governmental
Industrial Hygienists has categorized C-8 as a ``confirmed animal
carcinogen with unknown relevance to humans.''
The company statement says it has knowledge that C-8 is present in
public and private drinking water supplies at concentrations below
levels that pose a threat to human health or the environment.
It continues to use C-8 and releases C-8 pursuant to permits
issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
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