Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

DuPont, Chemours to Pay $671 Million in Chemical Leak Case

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

DuPont, Chemours to Pay $671 Million in Chemical Leak Case

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WASHINGTON * DuPont and Chemours will pay nearly $671 million to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the release of a chemical from a plant in West Virginia more than a decade ago.

More than 3,500 federal and state lawsuits allege that the DuPont Co. Washington Works plant, near Parkersburg, W.Va., had dumped perfluorooctanoic acid into the Ohio River, contaminating the local drinking water and causing illness and disease, including cancer. Perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as PFOA or C8, is used to make Teflon.

DuPont says it will pay half of the settlement and the other half will be paid by Chemours, which was spun off from DuPont two years ago. The settlement covers all pending claims and those in which jury verdicts had been rendered. Both companies deny any wrongdoing. …

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