U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials are pushing DuPont Co. to conduct more widespread C8 water testing, based at least in part on data that indicates “elevated levels” of the chemical in the Ohio River as far away from DuPont’s Parkersburg plant as Cincinnati.
That’s what local journalist Callie Lyons reported late last week on her blog:
The EPA is trying to learn how DuPont’s C8, also known as PFOA or perfluorooctanoic acid, has made it so far away from Washington Works near Parkersburg, West Virginia. The chemical has been used there for more than fifty years to make Teflon and other stain-resistant, nonstick surfaces and applications – hundreds of applications used in thousands of consumer products.
Cincinnati Water Works has been tracking C8 in the river since 2005 when they detected levels of 100 parts per trillion – a number that exceeds the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection health-based action level of 40 parts per trillion.
Callie cites, among other things, a copy of a March 3 letter from EPA to DuPont in which federal government officials outline a variety of concerns about plans for any future C8 testing by the company.
I’ve been unable to get much about this out of EPA’s spokesman on C8 issues, Dale Kemery. But Callie was kind enough to pass on a copy of the March 3 letter, so I’ve posted it here.