The US EPA is developing an updated lifetime Health Advisory for C8 and the new guidance is scheduled to be released this spring.
C8 or PFOA – DuPont’s controversial Teflon chemical – has been detected in local water supplies as well as in water districts throughout the United States. Many such communities are only finding out about the toxic contamination for the first time.
In a letter dated March 25, Shawn Garvin, EPA Regional Administrator, says the agency continues to move forward on finalizing a lifetime health advisory that would serve as guidance for determining if concentrations of contaminants in tap water are safe for human consumption. So far, PFOA remains unregulated.
Garvin says a very small percentage of water systems nationally have detected concentrations of PFOA – including both Parkersburg and Vienna, West Virginia. He says EPA is “considering whether any additional immediate response may be necessary to reduce risks” to those served by these water systems.
In recent weeks, water systems in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Michigan have learned that their supplies are contaminated with the industrial solvent, which has been linked to kidney and testicular cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, high cholesterol, and pre-eclampsia. Many Mid-Ohio Valley residents are eligible for free medical monitoring to determine how much C8 is in their blood and to screen for linked diseases.