The giant chemical company has agreed to pay least $107.6 million to residents near one of its West Virginia facilities, plus $22 million in legal fees to plaintiffs' lawyers, $10 million to water utilities, $5 million for research and as much as $235 million for future medical monitoring, to atone for spillage of perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as PFOA or C8, an ingredient of its Teflon nonstick coating. As the judge noted, it's a pretty impressive settlement, since no one has shown that PFOA caused any disease. (Erik Schelzig, "Judge OKs 'Unprecedented' Settlement of DuPont Class Action", AP/Law.com, Mar. 1). Terrence Scanlon, a former chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission who now heads the Capital Research Center, doesn't think justice was well served and notes that the Environmental Working Group, whom we've met before, helped spearhead the campaign against the nonstick material ("The attack on Teflon won't stick", Charleston Daily Mail, Mar. 4). More: Mar. 22 (fees).
DuPont's Teflon travails