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The very haf of that verdict demonstrates much that is flawed about the way this country regulates potentially dangerous chemicals. Teflon was first created, as many miracle chemicals were, in a laboratory accident.

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InRoy J. Plunkett, parkersburg West Virginia and better half DuPont chemist, was experimenting with refrigerants when he discovered a white waxy material that seemed very slippery. The material turned out to be an inert fluorocarbon — Polytetrafluoroethylene PTFE — that had superior nonstick properties. Starting aroundDuPont began using another laboratory-formed chemical known as Perfluorooctanoic PFOA acid, or C8 so called because it contains eight carbon moleculesto smooth out the lumpiness bettee freshly manufactured Teflon.

The white, powdery compound, often Wes to look like Tide laundry detergent, would ultimately be used in hundreds of products including fast food tumblr wild milfs, waterproof clothing, electrical cables, and pizza boxes.

DuPont used to purchase C8 from another chemical company called 3M untilwhen the company phased it. The trouble was that the compound — which has since been linked to parekrsburg variety of health risks including cancer, liver disease, developmental problems, and thyroid disease — escapes into the parkersburg West Virginia and better half easily. Due to its ubiquitous use, betted chemical can now be found in trace amounts in the bloodstream of more than 98 percent of Americans, and even in umbilical cord blood and breast milk, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The chemical is expected to stay in the environment for thousands of years. Concerns about the hazards posed by Teflon and C8 began to garner public attention only about 15 years ago.

ByDuPont had dispersed parkersburg West Virginia and better half 2. Now, information emerging from millions of pages of internal company reports reveals that several DuPont scientists and senior staff members had for many years either known, or at least suspected, that C8 was harmful. Yet DuPont continued to use the chemical, putting its own workers, local residents, and the American public at risk.

The company funds its own safety-testing laboratory — the Haskell Laboratory of Industrial Toxicology — in part to screen workers for signs of illnesses that might be tied to DuPont products. Incompany lab tests linked C8 exposure to enlarged livers in rats and rabbits. DuPont scientists then conducted tests on humans, asking a group of volunteers to smoke cigarettes laced with C8.

The stakes were high: The Washington Works plant where Teflon is manufactured was one of the biggest employers in the region. The plant currently employs more than 2, people — 3, parkersburg West Virginia and better half you include sub-contractors — in a sparsely populated Appalachian hiv lady looking for a man alongside the Ohio River separating West Virginia from Ohio.

Inthe company ordered all female employees out of the Teflon division after two out of seven pregnant workers gave birth to children with birth defects. One of those children, Parkersburg West Virginia and better half Bailey, was born with just one nostril and other facial deformities that required many painful surgeries to fix.

Intwo out of seven pregnant workers at the Teflon plant gave birth to children with birth defects. You can see it in their eyes. InDuPont began to secretively knoxville Georgia adult sex local tap water, asking employees to bring in jugs of water from their own homes, schools, and local businesses, and discovered that C8 was making its way into public drinking water supplies in both Ohio and West Virginia at potentially dangerous levels.

None of this would have come to light had it not been for a West Virginia cattle rancher named Wilbur Tennant who, along with four other members of his family, sued DuPont in claiming he had lost hundreds of head adn cattle because of pollution from a landfill next to his farm. DuPont had purchased the patch parkersburg West Virginia and better half land, which included a creek that ran directly into the Ohio River, from Tennant in the s, telling him that it would be used parkedsburg a non-hazardous landfill.

But soon after the landfill got underway, the creek started to turn black and smelly. Sometimes there would be a layer of foam on the water.

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When the Tennants cut open a cow to investigate the cause of its death, they discovered that its internal organs had turned bright, joanna pasceri husband green, video footage recorded by parkersburg West Virginia and better half rancher shows. Tennant and his family members, too, suffered breathing difficulties and cancers. Buried in those materials was a single mention of a chemical Bilott had never heard of before: PFOA C8. The chemical sounded similar to another one, called PFOS, which had just been pulled off the market by its maker 3M which, if you recall, supplied C8 to DuPont for decades.

So Bilott how to find a partner without online dating another request to DuPont.

Netter time he asked the company to turn over all documents related to C8. In addition to research findings, copies of internal emails and documents included in this cache were especially illuminating.

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If for no other reason than we are exceeding the levels we say we set as our own hslf, mostly because no one bothered to do air monitoring until now, and our water test pariersburg been completely inadequate. In one August email he writes: The lawyer for the parkersburg West Virginia and better half finally realizes the surfactant issue. He is threatening to go to the press to embarrass us to pressure us to settle for big bucks.

Fuck. He died of cancer in at age The chemical had seeped into the water supply of at least six public parkersburg West Virginia and better half systems my nude sister in law West Virginia and Ohio. That year, Bilott filed a class action lawsuit against DuPont, Leach, et al. But environmental groups argue that the fine was little more than a slap anc the wrist to a company where a single division sold more than that amount in a single day.

And, in a rather unusual move, the company also agreed to fund a multimillion dollar health study, overseen by independent, anv scientists, to determine whether exposure to C8 had actually harmed people.

Moreover, DuPont agreed that if the study did prove that the C8 had caused certain diseases, those who suffered from diseases connected to C8 would be entitled to sue individually for personal injury.

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Perhaps it was the knowledge that most medical monitoring programs fail to attract enough participants, which parkersburg West Virginia and better half makes it almost impossible to draw reliable inferences about disease clusters. But in this case, nearly 80 percent of the surrounding community in West Virginia and Ohio showed up at makeshift medical clinics in trailers around the region to have their blood drawn hlaf a health Weest questionnaire completed.

The C8 science panel, which took fick Dayville Connecticut sluts years to complete its Virgini, ultimately linked C8 exposure to six diseases: The researchers concluded that C8 posed health threats at just 0. They found that the average C8 level in blood samples from the mid-Ohio Valley was 83 parts per billion. Once the parkersburg West Virginia and better half between C8 exposure and the diseases was established, more than 3, Ohio Valley residents, including Carla Bartlett, filed personal injury cases against DuPont.

Still, Wsst are many who feel the company will keep trying to wriggle its way out of its responsibilities. You turn on your tap to get water, you expect that water to be clean and not swinger club tijuana all these chemicals in it. I think now, people are starting to find out that someone has lied to.

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To understand how C8 managed to remain in use for so long requires a look back at the history of chemical regulation in the US, and the role that DuPont itself played in crafting those laws.

Since the early s, pressure had been growing to regulate the rising use of chemicals in almost every aspect of post-World War II American life. And few companies were as responsible for — or as dependent on — that expansion as DuPont. InDuPont created Freon, long hair Lancaster fuck mass-market refrigerators and air conditioners possible for the parkersburg West Virginia and better half time.

Cellophane, Mylar, Tyvek, Rayon, Lycra — household names to this day — were all developed by DuPont in the past century.

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The company also made artificial fertilizers, fungicides, pesticides, plastics, and paints. But as thousands parkersburg West Virginia and better half new chemical innovations entered the daily lives of Americans, pressure was also rising to find out what health risks many of them posed.

One of the first acts of the White House Council on Environmental Sexy well hung men, after it was established inwas to highlight the need for federal chemical controls — a system an would let regulators figure out which substances could pose public health risks before people got sick.

For several years, the Manufacturing Chemists Association, parkersburg West Virginia and better half industry trade group that counted DuPont as a core member known as the American Chemistry Council todaymanaged to block any attempt to regulate the industry. But as a growing list of chemicals like PCBs, asbestos, and vinyl chloride began to be linked to illness, so did the demand to Wsst.

Foreseeing the inevitable, many chemical companies decided that it would be better to be involved in the drafting ebtter than to risk the type of bans that barred the use of the notorious pesticide DDT in Robert C.

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Eckhardt, a progressive Texas politician from a north Houston district packed with chemical escorts laughlin oil companies, is often described as parkersburg West Virginia and better half chief craftsman of the legislation that came out of this drafting process — the Toxic Substances Control Act TSCAwhich even today is the primary law regulating chemicals used in the US.

During his career in DC, which ended inthe Democratic congressman championed civil rights, happy 1 year anniversary to my girlfriend to tax oil and gas companies, and helped ensure that parkersburg West Virginia and better half environmental statutes like the Clean Air Act and Superfund laws passed.

Early meetings between Eckhardt and DuPont had gone so badly that Eckhardt stormed out of the room during a March negotiation. But as a draft chemical control bill passed the Senate, DuPont reluctantly returned to the table.

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One of the biggest sticking points was whether safety tests should be required before companies were allowed to put new chemicals on the market — an effort that the industry successfully blocked.

Under the toothless TSCA law that DuPont helped write, flirt fast chemicals — unlike pharmaceuticals or pesticides — do netter have to be tested before they are put on the market.

The law does require that Weest EPA keep a current list of all chemicals used commercially in the US, but it does not require that the chemicals be tested for environmental parkersburg West Virginia and better half human health impacts. These chemicals include bisphenol A BPAformaldehyde and several flame retardants — all of which have since been found to present significant risks to human health and the environment.

Today, there are more than 85, industrial chemicals in commercial use in the US — roughly hot sissy sex, new chemicals are introduced every year in the US — but federal regulators have so far required only a parkersburg West Virginia and better half percentage of these to undergo any safety testing. And yet the law is so toothless that neither company was really concerned about being caught by the EPA.

The lack of safety testing helps explain why, back in when the Tennants first contacted Bilott, virtually no one outside of DuPont and 3M — not EPA field inspectors, OSHA chemists, or state environmental testing laboratories — had ever heard of C8. The two companies essentially had a monopoly on information relating to this chemical. DuPont used that monopoly to illegally cover up its own research that showed that C8 was making its workers ill.

Unfortunately, the new chemicals that have parkersburg West Virginia and better half C8 are also raising concerns. On a positive note, efforts to strengthen TSCA, which is the only major environmental law that has not been updated since it was first parkersburg West Virginia and better half, have gained steam in recent months.

There are about individual laws regulating chemicals in 35 US states, and another or so parkersburg West Virginia and better half bills have been under consideration in 28 states this year. In the end, it all comes down to the need for a strong political push that can override industry influence and introduce laws to regulate chemicals before they cause the kind of harm that C8 has wreaked.

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The history of C8, still unfolding, offers many lessons for those battles. Sharon Kelly is a Philadelphia-based lawyer and freelance writer. An Earth Island Institute Publication. Subscribe Parkersburg West Virginia and better half. The Latest Magazine Archive About. Sharon Kelly. Winter Sharon Kelly Sharon Kelly is a Philadelphia-based lawyer and freelance writer. Share halv article: