Author Archives: Callie Lyons

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 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.

Water Leak: Details of DuPont C8 Settlement

RCNN Exclusive Report by Callie Lyons In February, DuPont settled thousands of Mid-Ohio Valley C8 (PFOA) contamination cases at a cost of $670.6 million. Until now the details and terms of the Master Settlement Agreement have remained a carefully-guarded secret. … Continue reading

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DuPont Settles MOV Cases for $670 Million

A settlement agreement is in the works to resolve more than 3,500 C8 personal injury claims. DuPont will pay roughly $670 million to settle all of the cases. Residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley who live in one of six PFOA … Continue reading

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Former Marietta College Prof Killed in Prison Assault

The inmate killed in a West Virginia prison assault Sunday evening was Eugene Robert Anderson – a former Marietta College professor. Anderson was serving more than 100 years for sex crimes against children at the state’s maximum security prison in … Continue reading

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Women’s March Protesters Held Up by Bus Driver

Some local ladies who were participating in today’s Women’s March in Washington DC were afraid to board their chartered bus after the driver posted disparaging comments about her passengers on Facebook and was then unprepared to depart on time. S&S … Continue reading

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Obama’s EPA Takes Action on C8

Obama’s EPA today took action on PFOA contamination by requiring DuPont and Chemours to take additional actions to reduce C8 exposure in drinking water for residents in Ohio and West Virginia living near Washington Works. Today’s action amends a 2009 … Continue reading

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Jury Awards Testicular Cancer Victim $10.5 million in C8 Punitive Damages

A Columbus jury has awarded $10.5 million in punitive damages to a Washington County, Ohio man who claimed he developed testicular cancer as the result of exposure to a Teflon manufacturing solvent used for more than 50 years at DuPont … Continue reading

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Marietta Author Releases New Book

Marietta resident and award-winning author Sandra Kolankiewicz is releasing another book of poetry, Lost in Transition, now available for pre-ordering at The book’s release date is March 3, 2017. Shipping is free if you order before January 13.  This is … Continue reading

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Mineral Wells Trailer Park to Close

More than one hundred people will be displaced when a Mineral Wells trailer park closes next summer. Residents of The Oaks Trailer Park received notices of termination of their leases via certified mail this week.   “Closing the Park was … Continue reading

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Students Report Fear over MMS Teacher’s Classroom Behavior

By far the most complaints RCNN has ever received about a teacher are concerns from students and parents about Marietta Middle School teacher Dion Prunty. This fall Prunty’s use of the other ”n-word” and her capacity for humiliating students has … Continue reading

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Third C8 Case Goes to Trial

This week a third C8 case will go to trial before a federal judge in Columbus.  On Monday, opening arguments will begin in the case of Kenneth Vigneron vs. DuPont. Vigneron, an Ohio resident, is alleging that he developed testicular … Continue reading

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