WVa Drafting Warnings About C8-Contaminated Water

By: Associated PRess
By: Associated PRess

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Federal health officials want parents near Parkersburg warned against using C8-contaminated water to mix baby formula.

The U.S. Agency For Toxic Substances and disease registry also is urging state officials to advise pregnant women, women of childbearing age, children and the elderly who live near DuPont's Washington Works Plant to reduce their consumption of C8-polluted water.

The Wilmington, Del.-Based Company has been using C8 to produce teflon at its plant since the 1950s. Although the chemical is not federally regulated, studies have shown C8 can have adverse health effects in laboratory animals.

State Office of Environmental Health Services Chief Barbara Taylor said the Department of Health and Human Resources is developing materials for public dissemination.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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