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DuPont to pay $16.5 million to settle EPA Teflon lawsuit

[JURIST] Chemical giant DuPont [corporate website] has agreed to pay over $10 million in fines and another $6 million for environmental projects in order to settle allegations [press release] that the company hid information about the dangers of a chemical used in the manufacturing of Teflon, the US Environmental Protection Agency [official website] said Wednesday. The EPA had sued [PDF complaint; press release] DuPont under the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act for withholding information about potential risks posed by perfluorooctanoic acid [EPA materials]. Under the settlement [EPA materials], which the EPA says represents the largest civil administrative fine ever collected under federal environmental laws, DuPont makes no admission of liability [press release]. DuPont still faces a federal criminal investigation of its actions in the matter. AP has more.

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