A new report from the National Toxicology Program (NTP) confirms what some scientists and victims of C-8 exposure have been saying for years, that the chemical is hazardous to the human immune system. The recently released review found emissions of both perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), or C-8, and its close cousin, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), have been reduced, but remain widespread throughout the United States.
Scientists are again warning that the man-made chemical used to manufacture Teflon, fast food wrappers, cosmetics and other products is a danger to people. C-8 is impervious to breaking down and can accumulate in the human body over time. It has been linked to at least six serious health conditions, including kidney cancer, ulcerative colitis, and thyroid diseases. The Centers for Disease Control reports the chemical can be found in trace amounts in the blood of roughly 98% of Americans.
In July, attorney Michael Papantonio with the Levin, Papantonio law firm in Pensacola, won a bellwether C-8 lawsuit against DuPont for dumping the toxic chemical into the Ohio River. The jury in Columbus, OH, found the company acted with malice when it dumped C-8 tainted water into the River and awarded $5.1 million on behalf of David Freeman, finding DuPont responsible for his testicular cancer.
“By 2003, DuPont had dumped almost 2.5 million pounds of C-8 from its Washington Works plant into the mid-Ohio River Valley area,” said personal injury attorney Wesley Bowden, who was part of the Levin, Papantonio legal team handling the DuPont case. “To date, the chemical has been found in drinking water in 27 states.”
Freeman is among 3,500 plaintiffs who say the chemical, found in drinking water, caused their illnesses. The NTP’s recent review of evidence available so far supports findings that C-8 suppresses the human immune system and increases hypersensitivity-related outcomes. Other studies have found that PFOA is linked to high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, pregnancy-induced hypertension, as well as testicular and kidney cancer.
Many manufacturers have voluntarily agreed to phase out the use of these toxic chemicals and as a result emissions are reduced, but they persist for years in the environment where they can contaminate drinking water and remain a public health concern.
“DuPont began using the chemical in 1951 as a means to smooth out the lumps in Teflon, even though its chief toxicologist at the time warned that it was toxic,” said Bowden.