Obama’s EPA Takes Action on C8

Obama’s EPA today took action on PFOA contamination by requiring DuPont and Chemours to take additional actions to reduce C8 exposure in drinking water for residents in Ohio and West Virginia living near Washington Works.

Today’s action amends a 2009 consent order and establishes a new action level of 0.07 parts per billion which triggers the temporary provision of an alternate source of drinking water by DuPont and Chemours until a permanent alternative drinking water supply is provided. Last May the EPA established a temporary action level of 0.07 parts per billion – down from the 2009 level of 0.40 parts per billion causing a need for Vienna’s water to be temporarily replaced until a filtration facility could be constructed at DuPont’s cost.

The latest order makes that temporary action level permanent and expands the geographic areas to be investigated for C8 contamination. EPA says the new Lifetime Health Advisory was set to be protective of human health.

About Callie J Lyons

Callie Lyons is an investigative journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. The Short, Fantastic Life of a Saloon Girl is Lyons' first published work of historical fiction.
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