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Environmental brief ~ DuPont settles for minimum of $107M in WV pollution case

[JURIST] In Tuesday's environmental law brief, the DuPont Co. [corporate website] has settled a complaint for $ 106.7M for polluting local drinking water around Parkersburg, West Virginia with the chemical C8. C8 is used for the manufacture of Teflon. The money will be used in a study to determine whether C8 harms humans, to pay plaintiff's attorney fees, and to remove the chemical from the local water supplies. If the study detects that C8 harms humans, DuPont will pay upward of $235M to establish a long-term medical monitoring program to help residents detect disease and seek early treatment. The Charleston Gazette has the full story.

In other news,

  • The EPA [official website] seeks comments on a rule that would require persons to notify the EPA at least 90 days before commencing the manufacture, import, or processing of 2-ethoxyethanol (2-EE), 2-ethoxyethanol acetate (2-EEA), 2-methoxyethanol, or 2-methoxyethanol acetate (2-MEA) for domestic use in a consumer product or the manufacture or import of 2-MEA at levels greater than 10,000 pounds per year. Comments can be made here until May 2.

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