First C8, now GenX?

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CINCINNATI, Oh.-(WTAP) 9/8/2017 5:10 P.M.

The family of chemicals for whose effects attorneys are seeking studies includes the chosen substance to replace C8.

As we reported in August, those same attorneys are seeking answers about the use of GenX.

They include data on its release into the Ohio River, and what possible effects it has on human health.

Lubeck resident Joe Kiger, who was part of the original lawsuit regarding C8, is concerned about GenX's effects as well.

"That's what they call daimner acid salts-3, which falls into the PFOA category," Kiger says. "They've said 'all of this stuff isn't going to hurt you'. We've heard all that before. Yet, it carries all the family model and characteristics as PFOA, C8."

DuPont Washington Works, now part of Chemours, stopped production and use of C8 a few years ago.

That was after it sought permission from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for the use of GenX.

Attorney Robert Bilott has now asked for a study on all perfllorinated chemicals or PFAS substances.

He pledges to file lawsuits if those studies have not begun.


Earlier this year, almost two decades of lawsuits and trials ended with a settlement, over the effects of the chemical C8.

But, just six months later, some are asking questions about the chemical that took its place.

Robert Bilott is a Cincinnati-based attorney who has represented people in various legal cases against DuPont, over its use of C8.

Bilott, according to a letter obtained by The News Center, has requested information from the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection about the chemical that's replaced it, publicly called GenX.

Bilott's firm has questioned whether a consent order allowing the discharge of GenX into the Ohio River was granted before the effects of that chemical were fully determined.

It also asks whether DuPont, whose Washington Works plant is now owned by Chemours, began using GenX even before the DEP granted that consent order.

Bilott, in its request to the DEP, cites documents it received through public information requests as saying DuPont began using and discharging GenX by late 2011.

It further cites those documents as saying the consent order allowing that use and discharge was not formally signed until early 2012.

Bilott adds information it has obtained indicates DuPont later notified the DEP that some of the effects of GenX were similar to those found in its predecessor, C8.

Bilott has called on the DEP to ensure area drinking water is protected from any contamination from GenX.

We have reached out to the DEP and Chemours, via e-mail, for comment on Bilott's own questions.

When they respond to those requests, we'll let you know.