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DuPont To Pay For C8 Victims' Medical Monitoring

Mon, 09/28/2009 - 12:31pm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of West Virginia residents has persuaded a federal judge to let it press DuPont to pay for a medical monitoring program.

But Monday's ruling from U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin also gutted the rest of the Parkersburg residents' 2006 lawsuit against the chemical giant.

The residents claim ammonium perfluorooctanoate from DuPont's Washington Works plant contaminated their water supplies. Also known as PFOA or C8, the chemical is used to make Teflon.

The lawsuit had also charged negligence, reckless conduct and other problems. The surviving portion seeks screenings for any long-term health issues.

DuPont agreed to spent $70 million on such a program to settle a 2001 C8 lawsuit involving residents of West Virginia and Ohio.

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