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Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Corner – Navigating “Dark Waters” – News and Sentinel

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Corner (Photo Illustration/MetroCreative)

The Netflix movie Dark Waters, which explains the scientific concepts of C8 contamination or PFOA in the valley very well. As a Mid-Ohio Valley water consumer and resident, you might want to learn more about the history of DuPont Washington Works and the industrial solvent that was used to manufacture Teflon.

The film focuses primarily on the Wood County class action lawsuit, which was the catalyst for global awareness of the “forever chemical” family known as PFAS. The settlement agreement gives class members ongoing privileges, such as water filtration and monitoring of their medical condition. First, you must determine if you belong to the class.

CLASS CRITERIA

You are in the class if you took part in the C8 Health Project. You are eligible if you have lived or worked for at least a year in any of the six local water districts. The eligible water systems are: Lubeck, Mason County, W.Va.; Belpre, Little Hocking and Tuppers plains-Chester in Ohio; and Belpre, Little Hocking and Tuppers Plains Chester in W.Va.

Is your water filtered?

The settlement of the class actions included water filtration as one of its first benefits. In each of the designated areas, treatment facilities were built that use activated carbon granules to filter water and reduce PFAS levels. You are already benefiting if you live in a community that was designated.

It is important to note that industry continues to dump toxic PFAS waste into the Ohio River. They continue to regularly exceed their discharge permit limits.

Medical Monitoring

The settlement agreement provides medical monitoring to class members. Class members will be able to sign up for a free battery of tests and schedule an appointment with their doctor to screen them for exposure-related conditions. This was determined by the C8 Science Panel. Independent epidemiologists analyzed the health project data and concluded that exposure was linked to kidney and testicular cancers, thyroid disease and ulcerative colitis. The class members have the right to monitor — or screen for these conditions. This program includes a screening test for related conditions as well as a medical exam to determine the amount of C8 in your body.

Pre-eclampsia, or pregnancy-induced hypertension, is a life-threatening condition that requires constant monitoring.

The low participation rate in medical monitoring has likely been due to a lack of awareness. Class members can register for this free program online at http://www.c-8medicalmonitoringprogram.com/.

BEYOND MONITORING

You can file a claim for personal injury if you’re a member of a group and you have been diagnosed with an exposure-related condition. Those who are in this situation can file a claim two years after the date of their diagnosis. Consult an attorney.

More Information

If you want to find out more about what contaminants are impacting your water supplies, the Environmental Working Group provides a nationwide database searchable by zip code at https://www.ewg.org/tapwater.

Please contact me if you would like more information about C8. Contact one of the fine folks from Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action through the website https://main.movclimateaction.org, or email me directly at [email protected].

Knowledge is power. While this is a scary topic, the people of the Mid-Ohio Valley are able to benefit from the Tennant Family and the attorneys who have taken on their cause. There are some remedies already in place thanks to the class-action lawsuit. Learn what you should know to protect yourself and your family.

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Callie Lyons, a journalist and researcher for FITSNews, is also an author. Callie Lyons is a journalist, researcher and author who works for FITSNews. Her book, “Stain Resistant, Nonstick Waterproof and Deadly: The Hidden Hazards of C8”, was published in 2007. It was the first book to address forever chemicals and the impact they have on communities. Her work has appeared in publications, media outlets and documentaries around the world. Lyons appears in the documentary “Citizen Sleuth”, which explores true crime genres.

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