C8 Science Panel To Hold Public Meetings

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Scientists studying the possible health effects of a chemical used at a DuPont plant will hold public meetings later this month in West Virginia and Ohio.

The C8 Science Panel says on its website that the first meeting is set for Sept. 26 at Blennerhassett Middle School Auditorium in Parkersburg. Another meeting is scheduled for Sept. 27 at Meigs Local Middle School Auditorium in Pomeroy, Ohio.

DuPont uses C8, also known as perfluorooctanoic acid, at its Washington Works plant near Parkersburg.

The panel was named in 2005 as part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by Mid-Ohio Valley residents against DuPont that claimed C8 contaminated water supplies in Ohio and West Virginia.

DuPont says the chemical isn't harmful to human health.