Cancer-Causing?

Clifton Barickman worked 37 years for DuPont Washington Works, before his retirement in 1992. But Barickman isn't sure what to make of a scientific review panel's reccommendation that C8 should be considered a likely carcinogen.

"If you could see the data they had, or where they got it, that would be a little more of a clue," Barickman says. "I don't see anything like that."

DuPont company officials disputed a draft report by the board issued in late January, saying it was based on laboratory studies on rats and not humans.

Nonetheless, Barickman supports the efforts to determine the effects of C8.

"I think people should know if there is something in their water or in the air that's harmful to them, and maybe we can get it cleaned up," he says.

The board advises the E.P.A. and is not connected to the scientific panel which will review C8 testing being conducted on local residents.

The E.P.A. review panel added its findings should not be considered the last word on the matter.


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