December 6, 2006: Journal Reports Effects of PFOA on Animals
According to the latest edition of the journal Toxicological Sciences, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) -- a compound used in the production of Teflon -- is developmentally toxic and affects the growth, development, and viability of offspring in mice. This recent report also cites the possible effects on mammary tissue development and milk production in pregnant females. Last year, Toxicological Sciences reported liver problems in laboratory rats exposed to low levels of PFOA. In the past, DuPont has responded to reported animal studies stating that the impacts on human health have not yet been determined.
November 21, 2006: EPA, DuPont Reach Agreement on Protection of Drinking Water Near W.V. Plant
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has signed a consent order with E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. that lowers the action level of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in drinking water for residents in communities surrounding DuPont's Washington Works facility near Parkersburg, West Virginia. Under the agreement, which affects both West Virginia and Ohio residents, DuPont will offer alternative drinking water or treatment for water users if the level of PFOA detected near the plant is equal to or greater than 0.50 parts per billion (ppb). This replaces the 150 ppb threshold established under a March 2002 EPA consent order. Click here to read the EPA news release.
July 28, 2006: DuPont's Plans for New Process on Hold
DuPont has halted its plans to implement a new, environmentally-friendly process that would make Teflon without producing wastewater containing possibly harmful Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA). The technology, developed by a chemist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was supposed to be implemented at DuPont's Bladen County Plant outside Fayetteville, North Carolina. DuPont has postponed its plans indefinitely due to changing market conditions.
June 23, 2006: West Virginia Residents Sue DuPont Over PFOA in Drinking Water
Residents of Parkersburg, West Virginia, filed a class action lawsuit against DuPont alleging that its Washington Works plant has contaminated their water supply with PFOA. The plaintiffs allege that PFOA releases during Teflon manufacturing have made class members ill and have caused property damage.
January 26, 2006: DuPont Agrees to Participate in EPA Program
On January 25, 2006, EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson invited eight fluoropolymer and telomer manufacturers, including DuPont, to participate in a global stewardship program on PFOA and related chemicals. The goal of the program is to dramatically reduce emissions and product content levels of PFOA by 2010 and to virtually eliminate them by 2015. DuPont immediately responded to the request with its commitment to fully participate in the program. Click here to read more.
May 8, 2006: Class Action Lawsuit Against DuPont Over Teflon Safety
Related class-action lawsuits against DuPont have been consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. The plaintiffs allege that PFOA is released when Teflon-coated cookware is heated above certain very high temperatures. The complaint is centered on DuPont's failure to warn consumers about the dangers of PFOA exposure. DuPont maintains that Teflon does not contain PFOA and that Teflon-coated cookware is safe when used properly. This is neither a personal injury case, nor have any injuries due to PFOA exposure been reported thus far.
December 14, 2005: EPA Settles PFOA Case Against DuPont for Largest Environmental Administrative Penalty in Agency History
DuPont agreed to pay $10.25 million to settle violations of federal law alleged by the EPA. DuPont will also pay $6.25 million for Supplemental Environmental Projects, which will examine the potential sources of PFOA in the environment, determine potential routes of human exposure, and protect and enhance public health and the environment. Click here to read more.
March 1, 2005: DuPont Settles PFOA Lawsuit
A class-action lawsuit was filed against DuPont by residents near its Washington Works plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The plaintiffs alleged that their drinking water contained traces of PFOA. DuPont reached a $107.6 million settlement in order to avoid lengthy and costly litigation.
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