EPA: C8 Health Advisory Update Coming this Spring

The US EPA is developing an updated lifetime Health Advisory for C8 and the new guidance is scheduled to be released this spring.

C8 or PFOA – DuPont’s controversial Teflon chemical – has been detected in local water supplies as well as in water districts throughout the United States. Many such communities are only finding out about the toxic contamination for the first time.

In a letter dated March 25, Shawn Garvin, EPA Regional Administrator, says the agency continues to move forward on finalizing a lifetime health advisory that would serve as guidance for determining if concentrations of contaminants in tap water are safe for human consumption. So far, PFOA remains unregulated.

Garvin says a very small percentage of water systems nationally have detected concentrations of PFOA – including both Parkersburg and Vienna, West Virginia. He says EPA is “considering whether any additional immediate response may be necessary to reduce risks” to those served by these water systems.

In recent weeks, water systems in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Michigan have learned that their supplies are contaminated with the industrial solvent, which has been linked to kidney and testicular cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, high cholesterol, and pre-eclampsia. Many Mid-Ohio Valley residents are eligible for free medical monitoring to determine how much C8 is in their blood and to screen for linked diseases.

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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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