PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Researchers studying the effect of a chemical used to make non-stick coatings are planning another round of follow-up health studies in West Virginia and Ohio.
Dr. Kyle Steenland announced the studies Wednesday during a visit to Parkersburg. Steenland is a member of the C8 Science Panel, which is studying whether the chemical C8 can be linked to disease as part of a class action settlement with the DuPont Co.
DuPont uses C8 at its Washington Works plant. The chemical contaminated six water districts in Ohio and West Virginia.
Steenland says researchers plan to compare disease rates in people who had higher levels of C8 in their blood in 2005-2006 with those who had lower levels to determine if there is any relationship.