Sustained Outrage

DuPont to pay $8.3 million in New Jersey C8 deal

DuPont Co. has quietly reached a deal to pay $8.3 million to resolve a pair of lawsuits over pollution of New Jersey water supplies with the toxic chemical C8.

The details of the deal, as outlined in this court filing, are that the money is earmarked to pay for water filters for 4,800 residences that rely on the Penns Grove, N.J., water system. The community is located near DuPont’s Chambers Works facility.

The settlement was proposed last month, after U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb rejected an initial proposal that called for the money to be contributed to several community organizations in the area.

Recall that DuPont settled a major C8 case here in West Virginia, in a deal that is funding multiple studies of the chemical’s dangers. In another West Virginia C8 case, U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin threw out most of the plaintiffs’ claims against the company. That ruling is now under appeal.