Environment
8:47 am
Tue September 27, 2011

C8 panel to release health findings by July 2012

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A science panel studying the possible health effects of a chemical known as C8 plans to release its findings by July 2012.

Media outlets report that the three-member C8 Science Panel discussed its studies of the chemical, also called perfluorooctanoic acid, during a public meeting Monday evening in Parkersburg.

Panel member David Savitz told the crowd of about 50 that the scientists recognize the financial and emotional stakes and public health consequences.

The panel was named in 2005 as part of a lawsuit filed by Mid-Ohio Valley residents against DuPont that claimed C8 contaminated water supplies in Ohio and West Virginia. DuPont uses C8 at its Washington Works plant near Parkersburg.

DuPont says the chemical isn't harmful to human health.