DuPont and the problem of C8

Chemical giant DuPont currently faces thousands of lawsuits from persons injured as a result of drinking water the company contaminated with its proprietary chemical C8, a chemical that is common in Teflon and non-stick goods.

The chemical, also known as PFOA and another variant PFOS, is believed to be present in the blood of over 98% of Americans. It is also now the subject of an investigation having been found to have contaminated ground water, as far away as Australia, due to its use in fire fighting equipment.

What’s happening with this chemical now, and why was DuPont allowed to dump so much of it into the air and waterways?