Criminal Probe for DuPont on Teflon Chemical?

DuPont was served Thursday with a subpoena from the Justice Department's environmental crimes unit requesting documents on a key Teflon chemical. DuPont has already agreed to pay up to $340 million in a civil settlement for Teflon pollution and is the subject of an EPA investigation into its coverup of studies of the chemical's health effects.

"This development gives some hope that DuPont will be held accountable for its contamination of virtually every American's bloodstream with this toxic Teflon chemical. A federal criminal probe should not be required to find out what a company knew and when it knew it regarding a product's contamination of people and the environment. It's a dramatic example of why we need a complete overhaul of the regulatory system for this industry."

— EWG President Ken Cook

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EWG is a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C., that uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment. The group's research on Teflon chemicals is available online at

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