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Teflon in Trouble

The non-stick features of Teflon may not be working for its manufacturer, DuPont.

Neighbors of the plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia where Teflon is made have filed a class-action suit, and the USEPA is seeking millions in fines. Apparently, the USEPA thinks that DuPont failed to submit proper reports on synthetic chemical perfluorooctanoic acid, known as PFOA or C8 that is used to make Teflon.

The neighbors think PFOA causes cancer, and want DuPont to pay for medical testing and injuries they suffered. DuPont says the chemical isn't harmful to humans or the environment, and that it has complied with reporting requirements. Right now, the USEPA wants $300 million from DuPont for its alleged reporting violations. It is conducting a separate human health investigation.

Let's see if these allegations stick.

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Saturday, July 10, 2004

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