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W.Va. Man Sues DuPont Over Chemical Discharge

DuPont's Washington Works
Parkersburg News & Sentinel

A West Virginia man has filed suit against chemical company DuPont for contaminating his home's drinking water.

52-year-old Scott Chapman of Letart sued DuPont in West Virginia federal court Friday.

Chapman alleges that the company discharged the chemical C8 into waters surrounding its Washington Works Plant west of Parkersburg.

More than 4,000 similar lawsuits have been filed against DuPont in Ohio federal court and Wood County Circuit Court in West Virginia.

A C8 Medical Monitoring Program was created in 2005 under terms of a class-action settlement following a lawsuit claiming that Ohio and West Virginia waters were contaminated with C8.

A separate science panel found probable links between C8, thyroid disease and testicular and kidney cancers.

DuPont uses C8 at Washington Works but plans to stop making it next year.


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