C8, also known as perfluorooctanoic acid, is a toxic compound used in the manufacturing of household items, such as non-stick cookware and stain-resistant flooring.
Most notably, it is used in the production of Teflon, the non-stick coating created by DuPont. DuPont manufactured its Teflon products at its Washington Works Plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia, thereby contaminating six water districts in Ohio and West Virginia from the 1950s to the 2000s.
An investigation into the C8 contamination found that the chemical is linked to serious illnesses such as cancer.
How Did C8 Contamination Occur?
DuPont is one of the world's largest chemical companies. It developed the polymer Teflon, to serve as a non-stick coating on many household products. The production of Teflon requires the use of C8.
Beginning in the 1950s, DuPont manufactured Teflon at its Washington Works Plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The plant released C8 into the air and the Ohio River, and eventually the chemical reached the groundwater as well, thereby allowing it to enter drinking water supplies.
C8 was detected in six water districts near the Washington Works Plant in 2002.
Although air emissions of C8 have been largely eliminated and carbon filters are now being used to remove C8 from water systems, the contamination continued without regulation for decades prior. During that time, residents in the six affected districts suffered serious illnesses from the presence of C8 in their drinking water.
What Illnesses Can C8 Contamination Cause?
A court-appointed panel of scientists was set to investigate the potential link between C8 exposure and disease in the affected communities. Their research found a probable link between C8 and the following illnesses:
- Kidney cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Thyroid disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Pregnancy-induced hypertension
- High cholesterol
EPA Warnings About C8 Contamination
The Evironmental Protection Agency is expected to protect human health and the environment. However, the EPA failed to limit the amount of C8 present in drinking water until 2016.
This delayed response by the EPA allowed DuPont to continue polluting the Ohio River and jeopardized the health of thousands of people.
Now, the EPA has established the health advisory levels at 70 parts per trillion for C8 in drinking water.
This health advisory is meant to offer a margin of protection for all Americans throughout their life from adverse health effects resulting from exposure to C8. The purpose of the health advisory is to provide information on the health risks of the contamination so that officials can take the appropriate actions to protect their residents.
Have Lawsuits Been Filed Against DuPont for C8-Associated Cancer?
Several lawsuits have been filed against DuPont for injuries suffered as a result of exposure to C8, the first of which was filed in 2001. Residents of the Ohio and West Virginia communities nearest to the contamination sites brought a class action lawsuit against DuPont. In 2004, the company agreed to fund medical monitoring programs and install water treatment systems. DuPont also convened a panel of scientists as part of the settlement, which investigated and confirmed links between C8 and several diseases.
Members of that class action lawsuit also sued DuPont individually. The litigation was consolidated, and the verdicts ultimately totaled $19.7 million.
Other settlements include $12.5 million to a plaintiff in January 2017, and in February 2017, DuPont agreed to pay $671 million to settle thousands of other lawsuits involving C8 contamination.
What are the Criteria for Filing a C8 Contamination Lawsuit?
If you suffered harm from being exposed to C8, you may be entitled to compensation from DuPont for your injuries.
In order to file a C8 lawsuit, the following criteria must be met:
- Resided within or drank water from any of the following areas BEFORE December 3, 2003:
- 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
- Diagnosed with one of the following:
- Kidney cancer
- Testicular cancer
Can I File a C8 Lawsuit?
Chemical companies like DuPont have a responsibility to manufacture their products with regard to the environment and people's safety. DuPont carelessly polluted the Ohio River and exposed thousands of people to dangerous chemicals.
As a result of C8 exposure, West Virginia and Ohio residents have developed serious ailments. If you are among those harmed by C8 exposure, you can hold DuPont accountable for their transgressions and receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Our award-winning attorneys can help you if you were diagnosed with kidney cancer or testicular cancer as a result of C8 exposure. We have the experience necessary to take on powerful chemical companies like DuPont.
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