KYP: How will Chemours Pay the C8 Bills?

Keep Your Promises DuPont is demanding answers of Chemours corporate leadership in the face of mounting liabilities for water contamination cases. The litigation against them is mounting over C8 or perfluorooctanoic acid that was detected in several Mid-Ohio Valley water supplies as the result of operations at DuPont Washington Works.

The Keep Your Promises group wants to know how Chemours, a DuPont spin-off designed to shoulder the liabilities, intends to pay for its obligations. Thousands of personal injury claims await trial. A local water district is demanding the restoration of their polluted well field. US EPA has set a new provisional health limit (perhaps without meaning to) when the agency released a statement this month instructing residents of Hoosick Falls, New York not to drink or cook with water containing C8 levels of 100 parts per trillion or more.

Keep Your Promises claims that Chemours issued $4 billion of new debt, was subsequently downgraded by Moody’s. The share price dove 80 percent.

In addition to the settlement of personal injury claims, DuPont is also on the hook for the ongoing maintenance of community water filtration systems, a $235 million medical monitoring program, and the ever so unlikely chance that they could be fined by regulatory agencies over the poisoning of the Ohio River.

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About Callie Lyons

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute at UC Berkeley, Lyons' book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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