The organization, Keep Your Promises, DuPont, protested the company Thursday outside its former headquarters in downtown Wilmington.
“My community deserves to be treated better than a waste dump,” Bock said. “We deserve clean water, we deserve compensation for health damages and we deserve the truth.”
DuPont: Don’t Spinoff Your Responsibilities!
DuPont’s told us all along that they will keep their promises and take care of the Mid-Ohio Valley. But now it’s getting complicated: This summer, DuPont is spinning off its Performance Chemicals division into a brand new company.
And it’s not clear what this means for our communities.
What Did DuPont Promise?
- DuPont would compensate the people who are sick due to C-8.
- DuPont would fund and effectively administer the medical monitoring of people in the community.
- DuPont would compensate people who get sick due to C-8 in the future.
- DuPont would treat the drinking water of the affected water districts.
What is C-8?
C-8 (also known as PFOA) is a chemical that was used in the manufacturing of Teflon, which is used in hundreds of products ranging from pots and pans to Goretex boots and cosmetics. For decades, DuPont used C-8 in its Washington Works plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia.
While DuPont knew that exposure to C-8 posed serious risks to the health of plant workers, community members, and anyone exposed to the chemical on a regular basis, those risks were not revealed to the public until 2001, when a local farmer brought a lawsuit against DuPont on behalf of the community. Soon after, C-8 was detected in the water supplies of several communities in the Greater Mid-Ohio Valley. The EPA classifies C-8 as a ‘likely’ carcinogen, and exposure is associated with several diseases, including:
- kidney cancer
- testicular cancer
- thyroid disease
- ulcerative colitis
- high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
- pregnancy-induced high blood pressure (including preeclampsia)
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