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Medical Tests Now Available in W.Va. C8 Case

DuPont's Washington Works

Mid-Ohio Valley residents exposed to a chemical used by a DuPont plant in West Virginia can now apply for free medical monitoring.

An attorney for Parkersburg-area plaintiffs, Harry Deitzler, says residents can apply for a free blood test and free medical screening to uncover diseases linked to the chemical C8.

The comprehensive C8 Medical Monitoring Program was created under the terms of a 2005 class-action settlement of a lawsuit that claimed water supplies in Ohio and West Virginia were contaminated with C8.

A separate science panel found probable links between C8 and several health issues, including thyroid disease and testicular and kidney cancers.

DuPont uses C8 at its plant near Parkersburg on the Ohio line but plans to stop making and using the chemical by 2015.