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07-17-2018, 10:45 AM
This makes no sense, MAGA regime is a huge advocate of transparency and public health:

DuPont's Teflon legacy hit by report suppressed for months by Trump administration

Karl Baker, Delaware News Journal
June 22, 2018

Quick facts about C8, known as perfluoroctaonic acid, or PFOA, a chemical used by DuPont in the production of Teflon now linked to a host of negative health outcomes.


A federal report (http://php.delawareonline.com/news/assets/2018/06/PFOA_report.pdf) published this week concludes that a chemical once found in DuPont's Teflon and firefighting foam could be hazardous at a fraction of the concentration in drinking water that today triggers a health advisory.
The chemical, called PFOA, has been linked to kidney and testicular cancers, thyroid disease, hypertension and other illnesses.
It is known to have strayed into drinking water near the Dover Air Force Base, the New Castle Air National Guard and the town of Blades (https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2018/02/13/sussex-county-town-marks-fourth-site-known-pfcs-contamination-delaware/335173002/) — in addition to numerous other aquifers across the country.
"The more data we accrue, the more knowledge we have, and the more certain we can be," said Jamie C. DeWitt, an immunotoxicologist and a peer reviewer of the 800-page report.
The report, from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/), is called a toxicology profile. It analyzed numerous recent scientific studies about the health effects of PFOA, and its larger family of chemicals, called PFAS. The agency declined to make any of its experts available for an interview.
Its conclusions could have several impacts on Delaware. It could chip away at the finances of Chemours and DuPont, two of the state's biggest companies, by giving ammunition to plaintiffs who are suing those companies over water contamination.
It also may persuade Delaware regulators to lower their own health advisory targets for PFOA and its broader family of chemicals. Following a meeting with Environmental Protection Agency officials last month, (https://www.delawareonline.com/story/money/business/2018/05/30/chemical-anchored-delawares-economy-target-epa-summit/651113002/) Shawn Garvin, secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, said there is no standard health limit across states for PFOA because "nobody’s sure what the right number is."
Delaware uses the EPA limit of 70 parts per trillion. Concentrations of PFOA have surpassed that threshold in Dover, New Castle and Blades. This week's federal report suggests a safe level of PFOA in drinking water should be closer to 11 parts per trillion.



The EPA doesn't want Americans to know how dangerous Teflon chemicals are (https://www.treehugger.com/clean-water/epa-doesnt-want-americans-know-how-dangerous-teflon-chemicals-are.html)


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