Sustained Outrage

C8 secrecy: The WV DHHR edition

We had a story in this morning’s Sunday Gazette-Mail about new recommendations from federal health officials that the state warn certain Parkersburg-area residents  — pregnant women, the elderly, children — about not drinking C8-polluted water.

It’s taken the federal ATSDR more than 3 years to come up with this formal recommendation. And it’s still not clear when — or if — the state Department of Health and Human Resources will do anything to actually pass this advice on to the public.

But as our story pointed out, there was actually a Fact Sheet prepared a few years ago that could have done this job. The state of Ohio’s health officials issued the Fact Sheet and guidance for doctors in advising their patients on the issue.

WV DHHR prepared the same materials. They just never issued them. Want to see? Here is the document, complete with the West Virginia agency’s logo …

C8 Science Panel secrecy?


The C8 Science Panel, from left to right, Tony Fletcher, Kyle Steenland and David Savitz.

The announcement about Thursday’s C8 Science Panel event was pretty clear:

Event is for press only. A public meeting date will be scheduled at a later time.

All of the DuPont lawyers and PR people who attended must not have gotten the memo.  Neither did the plaintiffs’ lawyers, but at least they were there with one citizen, a representative of the class of residents whose drinking water was polluted by DuPont’s C8 emissions.

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