C8 Lawsuit Claims Against DuPont Allege Failure To Inform The Public Of Health Risks After C8 Was Released From Dupont’s Washington Works Plant
C8 Lawsuit News: Chemours has agreed to pay $6 million to remove traces of the C8 chemical from the water supply in Vienna, West Virginia. Vienna is seven miles north of Parkersburg, West Virginia where DuPont’s Washington Works plant had been releasing the dangerous C8 chemical into the drinking water supply since 1951. The plant was transferred to Chemours after spinning off from DuPont in 2015. DuPont, however, still faces more than 3,400 C8 lawsuit claims filed by Mid-Ohio valley residents who allege they developed kidney cancer, thyroid disease and other health disorders due to drinking C8-contaminated water.
Chemours announced that it will install an activated carbon filtration system to eliminate C8 from the water supply, according to Delaware Online. Chemours agreed to the project after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week lowered the safe level of C8 in drinking water. The national standard now makes C8 levels in water too high for Vienna residents to drink. After the EPA’s change, a “do not drink” advisory was issued for residents by Vienna’s water department.
[delawareonline.com/story/money/2016/05/24/chemours-pay-6m-west-virginia-water-filters/84851056/, Delaware Online, May 24, 2016]
“DuPont may have stopped releasing C8 from the plant in 2003, but C8 is still affecting the drinking water supply,” says Richard Schulte, a founding partner of Wright & Schulte LLC and a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the C8 litigation. The Firm has filed numerous C8 lawsuits on behalf of Ohio and West Virginia residents who allege they were diagnosed with testicular cancer, high cholesterol and other illnesses because of their exposure to C8-contaminated water.
C8, also known as perfluorooctanoic acid, is a man-made chemical used to make Teflon products, water resistant clothing and other non-stick coatings. In 2001, a class-action lawsuit was filed on behalf of nearly 70,000 Ohio and West Virginia residents against DuPont over its Washington Works plant discharging C8 into the public and private drinking water supply and failing to tell the public about the health risks and other dangers associated with C8. (Leach v. E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co., No. 01-C-608 (W. Va. Cir. Ct.))
The C8 class-action lawsuit was settled in 2005. Under the settlement, C8 Science Panel was established to determine whether there was a link between C8 and diseases in the community. In October 2012, the panel announced that a probable link was discovered between C8 and six health disorders:
• High cholesterol
• Thyroid disease
• Testicular cancer
• Kidney cancer
• Ulcerative colitis
• Pregnancy induced hypertension (pre-eclampsia)
Residents, former residents, their survivors, or anyone else who consumed water in one of six water districts and developed one of these health disorders during the time period specified by the DuPont C8 class action lawsuit settlement were eligible to file a lawsuit against DuPont. The lawsuits were consolidated in the Southern Ohio federal court.
[c8sciencepanel.org/prob_link.html; C8 Science Panel)
Last year, DuPont announced its plans to merge with Dow Chemical. The merger, however, has concerned plaintiffs involved in C8 lawsuits pending in the U.S. District Court, District of Southern Ohio. Earlier this month, plaintiffs asked for documentation regarding DuPont’s financial obligations after the merger because they want to know which company–DuPont or Chemours–is liable for paying $1 billion in damages for their alleged injuries. U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus Jr., who is presiding over the federal C8 lawsuit litigation, asked for similar documentation from DuPont in March about its estimated net worth, assets, liabilities and revenues. (In Re: E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Company C-8 Personal Injury Litigation, MDL No. 2433)
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