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Southeast Ohio Water District Settles DuPont Lawsuit Over C8

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A southeast Ohio water district has settled its federal lawsuit against DuPont over allegations that the company contaminated the district’s well fields with the chemical used to produce Teflon.

The Dispatch reports that the Little Hocking Water Association signed a settlement agreement with DuPont earlier this week. Settlement terms weren’t disclosed. Attorneys for both sides declined to comment about monetary damages.

Little Hocking supplies water to schools, businesses and 12,000 people in Hocking and Athens counties. It has wells across the Ohio River from a DuPont plant in West Virginia where the company used C8 to make Teflon. The district sued DuPont in 2009 alleging that C8 released into the Ohio River had infiltrated its wells.

A 2012 study found probable links between C8 and some types of cancer.