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New data suggests that the safety threshold for PFOA in drinking water should be as low as .1 parts per trillion, according to a top U.S. toxicologist.
A toxic chemical used to make Teflon has been detected in the drinking water in Wilmington, North Carolina, and in surface waters in Ohio and West Virginia.
When the U.S. phased out PFOA, long used to make Teflon, China’s production and use of the toxic chemical soared.
Although PFOA was originally developed and manufactured in the United States, it’s not just an American problem.
Chemical companies are using a trade secrets loophole to withhold the health effects of new products, preventing scientists from identifying emerging environmental threats.
While touting GenX as being a safe replacement for PFOA, DuPont filed 16 reports of “substantial risk of injury to health or the environment” about its new chemical.
After less than one full day of deliberation, a jury in Columbus, Ohio, found DuPont liable for $1.6 million in a personal injury claim over C8 contamination.
The first of 3,500 personal injury and 37 wrongful death claims against DuPont went to trial in Columbus, Ohio, this week.
If confirmed to the EPA, Michael Dourson will be in a position to set safety levels for many of the same chemicals his company was paid to defend.
The EPA announced new health advisory levels today for the industrial chemicals PFOA and PFOS, instantly sparking drinking water crises across the country.