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: Federal Grand Jury Subpoenas Documents from DuPont on Teflon Chemical



From: Associated Press
Published May 23, 2005 12:00 AM

Federal Grand Jury Subpoenas Documents from DuPont on Teflon Chemical

WILMINGTON, Del. — A federal grand jury has subpoenaed chemical giant DuPont Co. for documents related to a chemical used to make DuPont's nonstick Teflon product, the company said.


The subpoena out of U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., calls on DuPont to provide documents related to perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, the company said Thursday.


The documents include some which the company previously provided to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its investigation into PFOA's potential health risks, the company said.


Stacey Mobley, general counsel for Wilmington-based DuPont, said the company will be "fully responsive" to the Department of Justice.


Last year, the EPA accused DuPont of failing to report information over two decades about risks that PFOAs potentially cause to humans and the environment. DuPont said it has set aside $15 million to settle the allegations, but an agreement has not been reached.


In February, DuPont agreed to pay $107 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by West Virginia residents who claimed PFOAs contaminated their water supplies. The company denied any wrongdoing and said it settled to avoid the time and cost of litigation.


In trading Thursday, DuPont was among the biggest losers of the Dow Jones industrial average, with shares closing down 43 cents, or .09 percent, to $47.61.


Source: Associated Press


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