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    Health concerns stick to Teflon makers

    Posted on Thu, Jan. 26, 2006

    [size=18px]Health concerns stick to Teflon makers[/size]


    By Juliet Eilperin
    Washington Post

    WASHINGTON - Eight U.S. companies, including giant DuPont Co., agreed Wednesday to virtually eliminate public exposure to a harmful chemical used to make Teflon from all consumer products coated with the non-stick material.

    Although the chemical still would be used to manufacture Teflon and similar products, processes will be developed to ensure that perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) would not be released into the environment from finished products or manufacturing plants.

    PFOA -- a key processing agent in making non-stick and stain-resistant materials -- has been linked to cancer and birth defects in animals and is in the blood of 95 percent of Americans. It has also been found in the blood of marine organisms and Arctic polar bears.

    The voluntary pact, which was crafted by the Environmental Protection Agency, will force companies to reduce manufacturing emissions of PFOA by 95 percent by no later than 2010. They also will have to reduce trace amounts of the compound in consumer products by 95 percent during the same period and virtually eliminate them by 2015.

    The agreement will reduce the extent to which PFOA shows up in a wide variety of everyday products, including non-stick pans and microwave-popcorn bags.

    Wednesday's agreement is expected to have profound implications for public health and the environment. An independent federal scientific advisory board is expected to recommend soon whether the government should classify the chemical as a ``likely' or ``probable' carcinogen in humans, which could trigger a new set of federal regulations.

    ``The science is still coming in on PFOA, but the concern is there,' said Susan Hazen, acting assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances.

    The move, which came just a month after DuPont reached a $16.5 million settlement with EPA over the company's failure to report possible health risks associated with PFOA, drew applause from environmental groups.

    Scientific studies have not established a link between using products containing trace amounts of PFOA, such as microwave-popcorn bags or non-stick pans, and elevated cancer levels.

    Hazen said Wednesday's announcement should ``not indicate any concern . . . for consumers using household products' with such coatings.

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    Re: Health concerns stick to Teflon makers

    [size=18px]Teflon Chemical Found In Spring Water[/size]

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    Re: Health concerns stick to Teflon makers

    Thanks, DuPont!!!

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    Re: Health concerns stick to Teflon makers

    "cajunvike" wrote:
    Thanks, DuPont!!!
    This has been going on since like WWII right?
    I think that is when teflon was invented.

    Make's one wonder how many others like this are out there.

    100 years from now people will be saying "can you believe everybody had it, used and payed no attention to the signs"

    And it will end up being something so common to us today, like a microwave or water heater.

    You just watch........well we can't do that........
    And they will think we were all a bunch of bafoons.

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