C8 water contamination in the Mid-Ohio river valley has the makings of a hollywood movie – Science panel news and updates

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Article courtesy by James Slater | January 2, 2013 | LawyerCentral.com | Shared as educational material only

Note: Cancer Causing PFOA or C8: Perfluorooctanoic acid ( PFOA ), commonly referred to as C8, is a chemical used in the manufacturing of certain household items including non-stick cookware, stain-resistant carpets and water-repellant clothing. Some of the most recognizable uses of the C8 chemical are in Dupont chemical company’s Teflon products.

There have been several Hollywood movies released with story lines that go something like this:

A big company’s manufacturing facility releases chemicals into the environment over a period of many years without the complete knowledge of the general public. Eventually, the children and adults who either worked at the facility or lived in close proximity start to get sick. Life-threatening diseases like cancer plaque communities surrounding the manufacturing plant and someone starts asking why. The movie’s story unfolds with heroes, villains, suspense and drama.

A similar story is developing in the Mid-Ohio River Valley region near Parkersburg, West Virginia. Dupont’s Washington Works Manufacturing Plant located just southwest of Parkersburg released a chemical known as C8 into the air and the Ohio River starting in the 1950’s. The dangerous chemical gradually contaminated public drinking water supplies by entering the region’s groundwater. Testing detected C8 in six different water districts surrounding DuPont’s manufacturing facility.

As a result of the contamination, a court ordered scientific panel was formed in 2005 to study the health effects of C8 on people. Since that time, the C8 Scientific Panel has issued reports linking C8 to kidney cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerated colitis (a type of inflammatory bowel disease) and high cholesterol.

Cases of Ohioans suffering from the health conditions listed by the C8 Scientific Panel are surfacing. These victims and their families are taking action by filing lawsuits in Ohio courts seeking justice for their injuries and damages.

If you or a loved one either live or once lived in the Mid-Ohio Valley region and have developed a health condition linked to C8, the Ohio law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP will provide you with a free consultation and a free case review. Please call toll free 1-800-297-9191 or request a consultation by sending a message from the law firm’s website at slaterzurz.com.

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C8 research material

The Science Panel Website

These pages describe the C8 Science Panel and the Science Panel research program. Our research gathers and assesses information on health status and C8 exposure in the Mid-Ohio Valley communities, potentially affected by the releases of C8 from the Washington Works plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The Science Panel consists of three epidemiologists who were chosen jointly by the parties to the legal settlement of a case between plaintiffs and DuPont regarding releases of C8 from the plant.

Science panel news and updates

October 29, 2012

C8 Science Panel delivers fourth and final series of Probable Link evaluations to the Court

The Science Panel has delivered five Probable Link reports dealing with various health outcomes to the Wood County Court on Monday, October 29, 2012. The Science Panel has concluded that there is a Probable Link between C8 (PFOA) and diagnosed high cholesterol; and that there is not a Probable Link between C8 and diagnosed hypertension, coronary artery disease, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, osteoarthritis or Parkinson’s disease. These reports are available on this website.

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July 30, 2012

C8 Science Panel delivers third series of Probable Link evaluations to the Court

The Science Panel has delivered six Probable Link reports dealing with various health outcomes to the Wood County Court on Monday, July 30, 2012. The Science Panel has concluded that there is a Probable Link between C8 (PFOA) and ulcerative colitis and thyroid disease; and that there is not a Probable Link between C8 and other autoimmune diseases, common infections, neurodevelopmental disorders in children, respiratory disease, or stroke. These reports are available on this website.


Jun 27, 2012

Update on Science Panel plans for final Probable Link evaluations

The C8 Science Panel has notified the Settling Parties and the Court of the revised timetable for the remaining Probable Link evaluations. As described in a Science Panel Memorandum filed June 25 with the Wood County Court, the Science Panel has found that all 14 remaining reports cannot be completed and presented by July without compromising the quality of the work. Therefore the Panel needs to extend the time for the final reports until October. Our plans for the release of 7 Probable Link evaluations by July 31 remain in effect, including reports on asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke, infectious diseases, thyroid disease, auto-immune disease and neurological development in children. The text of the Memorandum filed with the Court is here.


May 11, 2012

Infections, obesity and clinical markers in children in relation to C8 (PFOA) during pregnancy in mothers in the Mid-Ohio Valley

The Science Panel has filed a status report to the Wood County Court on May 11, 2012 summarizing new results on PFOA estimated during pregnancy among women in the Mid-Ohio Valley and the health of their children, based on information collected in the C8 Health Project and collected in telephone interviews conducted last year for the Science Panel. Overall, these results did not suggest any evidence of an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, childhood obesity, childhood asthma nor infections, in relation to prenatal exposure to PFOA. The Status Report can be seen hereTop of page [/toggle]

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