Last updated 8:44AM ET
October 20, 2017
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Preliminary Study Results In
(WOUB) - Preliminary data from a study paid for
by DuPont shows thousands of West Virginia and Ohio residents have elevated levels of a chemical used to make the nonstick coating Teflon.

In 2005, DuPont agreed to fund health screenings for up to 70,000 residents who claimed releases of the chemical C8 from the Washington Works plant in West Virginia had contaminated public and private wells.

The data shows residents of communities around the plant have
more than five times more C8 in their blood than the average American.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers C8 a likely carcinogen.

DuPont has used C8 for more than 50 years.

An earlier study reviewed blood samples from 378 residents of the Little Hocking
Water Association in Washington County, Ohio.
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