Sustained Outrage

C8 Science Panel schedules public meetings

DuPont Co.’s Washington Works plant near Parkersburg.

For the first time since they announced their initial study plans five years ago, the C8 Science Panel is actually going to meet with and hear from residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The three-member panel just issued this news release, saying:

The C8 Science Panel is organizing two public forums for those interested in hearing more about the status of its work. The public will have a chance to ask the C8 Science Panelists questions, and hear their explanation of the scientific process that goes into making the determination of whether there is a probable link between C8 exposure and human disease.

The C8 Science Panel (Dr. Tony Fletcher, Dr. Kyle Steenland, and Dr. David Savitz) will be present with a complete update on the progress they’ve made so far, and the steps they are taking toward the end result. If you have an interest in the C8 investigation process, we invite you to attend one of these meetings. There are two public meetings each starting at 6pm and planned to last an hour and a half

The meeting schedule:

Monday, September 26, 6pm
Blennerhassett Middle School Auditorium
444 Jewel Road
Parkersburg, WV 26101

Tuesday, September 27, 6 pm
Meigs Local Middle School Auditorium
42353 Charles Chancey Drive
Pomeroy, OH 45769

It’s not clear from the press release how much of the 90-minute meetings the Science Panel plans to take up with their own presentations — and how much time they plan to allow for members of the public to ask questions or make statements. It’s also not clear if the Science Panel is going to make some sort of record — a video recording or a transcript — of the meeting, or create a public archive of any materials provided to them by citizens who appear at the meetings.

A separate statement that was emailed to the media does say:

The format for both meetings will be exactly the same, so interested attendees are asked to choose one meeting most convenient for them in order to maximize participation.

The forums will consist of a short introduction by the Panelists including updates of where the research is now, what they’ve done to get to this point, and when final results can be expected. Questions will then be taken from the public.

That statement also says:

No new results or conclusions will be announced at the meeting. This is rather an opportunity, while the work is still ongoing, for dialogue between the local community and the Science Panel. The Science Panel hopes to have the opportunity to learn more of community concerns and explain more of the process of the science, the results and their careful consideration in this landmark case.

These meetings were scheduled only after Wood Circuit Judge J.D. Beane blasted Science Panel members Tony Fletcher, Kyle Steenland and David Savitz at a court hearing in May for not moving fast enough and not doing enough to update the community on their work.