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DuPont Agrees to Settlement After Poisoning Drinking Water

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

DuPont Corp. has agreed to pay a settlement of over $100 million to residents of Parkersburg, WV, after knowingly contaminating their drinking water with PFOA, a toxic chemical used to make Teflon.

DuPont will have to pay at least $107 million and possibly $235 million to the residents of Parkersburg, depending on the outcome of an upcoming study on the chemical.

Parkersburg is the home of the DuPont plant used to manufacture PFOA, a toxic chemical used to make Teflon. DuPont had knowingly been dumping this chemical into the town’s drinking water for decades and suppressing the dangers.

For more on DuPont and Teflon-related chemicals, please visit EWG's PFC World report.

 

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