Federal ruling could hold DuPont Chemical responsible for contaminated site

A federal judge found that enough evidence was present to hold a DuPont Chemical Teflon plant responsible for the contamination of a water well field in southeastern Ohio. The Little Hocking Water Association, proprietors  of the well field, have wells across the Ohio River from DuPont’s West Virginia plant. The well field provides water to approximately 12,000 people. The contaminant cited is know as C-8, classified by the EPA as a likely carcinogen. DuPont had previously installed filters to prevent infiltration of the contaminant, and plans to phase out it’s use altogether, however, the steps taken have proven ineffective and there is a strong chance that the contamination could spread even farther.

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