PARKERSBURG - The three-member C8 Science Panel has announced two upcoming public meetings for people to ask questions.
The meetings will be held 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at Blennerhassett Junior High Auditorium in Parkersburg and 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at Meigs Local Middle School Auditorium.
They will be conducted by the members of the C8 Science Panel and will allow the public to ask about results from tests and research on the potential impacts of C8 on human health; how much more will need to be done; and more.
C8 is the common name given to perfluorooctanoic acid (sometimes called PFOA), a man-made chemical used in manufacturing non-stick cookware, protective finishes on carpets and water-resistant clothing.
A class-action lawsuit brought by the affected communities against the Washington Works DuPont plant resulted in a settlement agreement.
Brookmar Inc., an independent company, conducted a year-long survey (August 2005-July 2006) called the C8 Health Project. The project gathered information through interviews and questionnaires and collected blood samples from 69,069 people who lived, worked or attended school in the six affected local water districts.
The three-member science panel, with members agreed upon by both sides, was appointed to determine if there is a probable link between C8 and disease.
Members of the C8 Science Panel are Dr. Tony Fletcher, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Dr. David Savitz, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and Dr. Kyle Steenland, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.
The Science Panel is expected to deliver its final report on any probable link between C8 and disease in July 2012.