Follow the trail of the DuPont corporation’s toxic chemical PFOA, a chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon — and see how grievously broken our current system of chemical regulation is. We badly we need a law that protects public health.
For decades, the chemical giant, DuPont, knew that PFOA was harmful to human health. Yet the company continued to dump thousands of tons of it into the Ohio River.
Subsequent research on the health of 70,000 West Virginians who drank PFOA-contaminated water showed links between the substance and kidney cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, pre-eclampsia, and ulcerative colitis.
Though PFOA has been phased out of production, its replacements — chemically quite similar to PFOA — are untested and unregulated. LEARN MORE about DuPont’s disregard for human health, and a regulatory culture that favors industry profits over our families.