Scientists find link between high cholesterol, industrial chemical
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Scientists say they have found a probable link between high cholesterol in some mid-Ohio Valley residents and their exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a chemical also known as C8 that was used by a DuPont plant in West Virginia.
The three-member C8 Science Panel, which was formed in 2005 as part of a class-action settlement of a lawsuit that claimed DuPont’s Washington Works plant in Wood County, W.Va., contaminated water supplies, released its final report Monday.
The scientists studied data collected from about 70,000 residents and found no probable link between C8 and Parkinson''s disease, non-malignant liver disease, non-malignant kidney disease, osteoarthritis, coronary artery disease or high blood pressure. However, the scientists said they did find a probable link between exposure to C8 and medically diagnosed high cholesterol.
C8 is used as a surfactant in the emulsion polymerization of fluoropolymers. It has been used in the manufacture of consumer goods as Teflon and Gore-Tex.