US panel finds probable link between chemical exposure and cancer

16 April 2012 22:28  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A science panel on Monday released a study that showed a probable link between exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (C8) used by a DuPont plant in West Virginia and testicular and kidney cancer.

The C8 Science Panel revealed its findings in a study that was part of a 2005 class action settlement over the release of C8 from DuPont’s Washington Works plant in Wood County, West Virginia.

The panel examined data from all registered cancers supplied by the Ohio and West Virginia Health Departments, according to the panel’s website.

“The panel found that areas with the highest rates of testicular cancer were the areas with the highest exposure,” the website stated. “A similar but less consistent and less pronounced result was found for kidney cancer.”

DuPont used C8 to make Teflon, which is for non-stick coatings on pans and other cookware.

The company has committed to no longer using, making or buying C8 by 2015.

“For decades, DuPont has had industrial hygiene measures in place to minimise worker exposures to [C8],” the company said. “DuPont has reduced total [C8] emissions by more than 98% in our global manufacturing operations since 2000.”

The company said it will continue to meet all obligations required by the litigation in West Virginia.

“DuPont will evaluate additional information from the Science Panel as part of our long-standing commitment to the safety of our employees and customers and to responsible environmental and product stewardship,” DuPont added.

By: Bobbie Clark
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