DuPont has paid out $9 million for the Medical Monitoring Program so far, yet only $50,233.26 of that was spend on screening residents who may be sickened by water supplies that were polluted for decades by C8 or PFOA. The industrial solvent was used at DuPont Washington Works near Parkersburg, WV in the production of Teflon and other applications as far back as the 1950’s.
As the result of a class action lawsuit agreement, which scientifically linked C8 exposure to kidney and testicular cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, high cholesterol, and pre-eclampsia, DuPont has agreed to provide community members with a medical monitoring program worth $235 million. However, it appears that participation is very low.
This week the group calling themselves “Keep Your Promises DuPont” released a series of invoices DuPont has paid out to administrator Michael Rozen. The disparity has Dr. Paul Brooks, one of the original administrators of the C8 Health Project responsible for collecting the medical data and blood serum of 70,000 community members, questioning the effectiveness of the monitoring program.
Michael Rozen’s firm, Feinberg Rozen, has been complicit in industrial misrepresentation before. In February 2011, a US District Judge ordered Rozen’s partner to stop representing himself to claimants of the BP Deepwater Horizon Victim Compensation Fund as a neutral party when he was in fact an attorney representing BP. (River City)