Thursday, April 2, 2009

DuPont Spilled C8 into the Ohio River as Recently as 2008

C8 was discharged directly into the Ohio River as recently as January 2008.

This shocking fact was made clear by the details of an administrative consent order signed by DuPont and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection in March over a number of environmental violations.

DuPont officials have agreed to pay $1.6 million in fines to satisfy the state’s claim against the company.

The details of ten spills, which took place from 2004 to 2008, reveals that the largest reported spill sent nearly 2,500 pounds of FEP, a liquid derivative of Teflon, into the Ohio River. That particular spill also sent about 67 pounds of C8 directly into the Ohio River in May 2006.

As recently as January of 2008, DuPont reported a release of 175 pounds of C8 into the Ohio River.

Other reported spills involved a number of substances, including sodium chloride, methanol, Amberlite resin, toluene, and aluminum stearate.

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