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DuPont Fined by EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached a settlement with DuPont over the company’s alleged withholding of information about the health risks of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA, also referred to as C8), which is used to make Teflon® and other products (see


Vol. 13, No. 3 and

Vol. 13, No. 8). The settlement, which did not require DuPont to admit liability, includes $10.25 million in fines (the largest civil administrative penalty EPA has ever imposed); $5 million to fund a research program to evaluate the potential for nine of DuPont’s fluorotelomer-based products to break down to form PFOA; and $1.25 million to fund the Microscale and Green Chemistry Project in schools near the company’s Parkersburg, West Virginia, plant, where PFOA contaminated drinking water. More information is at

Published January 1, 2006

Boehland, J. (2006, January 1). DuPont Fined by EPA. Retrieved from

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