DuPont/Chemours Ask Local Judge to Dismiss Ohio’s PFOA Case

Washington County Judge Randall Burnworth today heard arguments in the State of Ohio’s case against Dupont and Chemours over C8 pollution which allegedly harmed the state’s natural resources.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed the suit in February seeking damages from the corporations that profited from the use of PFOA or perfluorooctanoic acid (also known by the DuPont trade name C8) at Washington Works near Parkersburg, West Virginia.

The manmade industrial solvent was used at the plant beginning in the 1950s in the manufacture of Teflon and hundreds of other consumer applications. A class action filed on behalf of area water consumers in 2002 led to the discovery of the chemical in the drinking water of six neighboring communities – Lubeck and Mason County in West Virginia and Belpre, Little Hocking, Pomeroy, and Tuppers Plains/Chester in Ohio. The 2004 settlement of the same suit resulted in a massive health study of nearly 70,000 local residents and linked the contamination to six health conditions: testicular cancer, kidney cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, pre-eclampsia and high cholesterol.

In the most recent legal maneuvering corporate attorneys argued for a motion to dismiss saying that the claims against DuPont and spin-off company Chemours are without merit.

Judge Burnworth offered no specific timeline for his decision on Friday afternoon saying only that he would make a determination before the end of the year when he intends to retire.

About River City News Network

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent 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. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute at UC Berkeley, Lyons' book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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