Her stepfather wonders if one day his pension check will no longer arrive as a result of all the financial fallout. “They know what happened.” They allow her “to sit in this truth regardless of how it affects them.” That means a lot. It was discovered that the DuPont plant had contaminated the local water supply with perfluorooctanoic (PFOA) acid thus residents in the area are advised to drink … “There were women that immediately went out and changed their frying pans,” Roettger said. Well-paying jobs, great benefits, Little League sponsorships, investments in the arts — but at a cost. In 2015, DuPont spun off its chemical division into a new company called Chemours, which now occupies the Washington Works facility on the Ohio. To see more, please visit ohiowatershed.org. In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, Lauren Woehr pours bottled water into her 16-month-old daughter Caroline's cup at their home in Horsham, Pa. Danzey was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer that led to the amputation of her leg. Something is the matter right there. But the federal government says C8 levels it once overlooked in the water are … Why the insurrection at the Capitol was an economically significant moment, Pandemic could cause twice as much homelessness as the Great Recession, States spend more on security facing continued threat of violence, Security concerns take toll on pandemic-ravaged Washington businesses. “A tenacious attorney (Ruffalo) uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world’s largest corporations,” the film’s synopsis says. Joe, a physical education teacher, is now quite well known in the community for having raised awareness of the dangers of C8 — called “the devil’s piss” by some — in local water supplies. He sliced open the chest cavity, pulled out a lung, and turned the camera back on. But now it seemed they were ignoring him. Thing was, time was running out. His freezer had brimmed with venison, wild turkey, squirrel and rabbit. Joe Kiger and his wife Darlene Kiger are photographed at their residence in Washington, West Virginia, on Dec. 4, 2019. I love this state. The olive green water had a greenish brown foam encrusting the grassy bank. Did they think he would just sit by? He now serves as mayor of the city of Parkersburg — population: 30,000. PARKERSBURG, W. Va. – Tommy Joyce is no cinephile. The state vet wouldn’t even come out to the farm. As a boy, he had cooled his bare feet in this creek. It flowed through a corner of the three-hundred-acre farm, in a place Earl called “the holler.” A small valley cut between hillsides, the holler was where he moved the herd to graze throughout the summer. Whose job is it to reduce toxic mercury in the Ohio River? “You notice them dark place there, all down through? He had stopped feeding his family venison from the deer he shot on his land. The legal thriller recounts the true story of how a DuPont facility knowingly contaminated the drinking water supply of a community in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The flies hummed as loud as bees. When not competing, “we were on the river … we were playing in the creeks. The chemical was used in DuPont’s production of Teflon and other household products at its Washington Works facility just outside Parkersburg, along the Ohio River. He zoomed in. The stream looked like many other streams that flowed through his sprawling farm. Subsequent tests would find that the level was actually above the cutoff. He knows, of course, the distinction between correlation and causation. Now it looked like dirty dishwater. That calf had died miserable. Sometimes it ran so dry he’d find them glittering dead in the mud. Her eyes were sunk deep in her head. None of them argue with Tracy about the source of her illnesses. “And they’re going to find out one of these days that somebody’s tired of it.”. He and his wife, Darlene, joined the class-action suit that was settled in 2004. Deitzler was involved in settling the C8 groundwater contamination suit against DuPont in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The tongue looked normal, but some of the teeth were coal black, interspersed with the white ones like piano keys. Now, he was feeding them twice as much and watching them waste away. The smell was odd. By 2001, while still working on the Tennant case, Bilott came to realize that the C8 contamination wasn't isolated to the Tennant property, but extended across a large swath of the mid-Ohio River Valley. “They said it’s very pathologically unusual.” Research has indicated to Danzey, who’s a nurse, that pathologically unusual cancers are not uncommonly associated with industrial poisonings. “I don’t understand them great big dark red places across there. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Lexi Browning/100 Days in Appalachia), Longtime resident Nancy Roettger characterizes the community’s reaction to the revelation of what DuPont had done as a “weird mix.”. He marked each one on a calendar, a simple slash mark for each grotesque death. This means that the City must actively manage storm water to the new EPA and DEP standards. Because I was feeding her enough feed that she shoulda gained weight instead of losing weight. PFOA ended up in the public water supplies for miles down the Ohio River from Parkersburg, contaminating public water supplies. (Photo by Lexi Browning/100 Days in Appalachia). Her white hide was crusted with diarrhea, and her hip bones tented her hide. “I’d rather watch squirrels run in the woods” than sit through most of what appears on the big screen, he said. Donate today — in any amount — to become a Marketplace Investor. Post-diagnosis, Cox had begun performing stand-up comedy routines that incorporated flute solos. The chemical had seeped into the water supply of at least six public water systems in West Virginia and Ohio. It was different from the regular dead-cow smells he had dealt with all his life. Danzey is among those who believe that in regard to perceptions of DuPont in the Parkersburg community, there’s a generational divide: Those in their 40s and younger tend to hold a less charitable view than baby boomers and their parents. A lawyer’s efforts to reveal chemical contamination around DuPont’s facility in Parkersburg, West Virginia, will hit theaters later this month. He wasn’t an expert, but the disease seemed clear enough that he bagged the physical evidence and left it in his freezer for the day he could get someone with credentials interested enough to take a look. Earl pulled on white gloves and pried open the cow’s mouth, probing her gums and teeth. “I love West Virginia,” she said. DuPont scientists were aware in the early 1990s of links to cancerous tumors from C8 exposure. In another field, a grown cow lay dead. “Everybody knows everybody’s business,” Higgs said, but nobody talked about C8. “Isn’t that lovely?”. Fitzsimmons Law Firm recently filed four individual lawsuits against Dupont on behalf of the Firm’s clients who allegedly developed cancer as a result of consuming and drinking water that was contaminated with the chemical C-8 (also known as perfluorooctoanoic acid (PFOA) or ammonium perfluorooctanoate (APFO)), discharged from DuPont’s Washington Works Plant near Parkersburg, … “It’s time for us to expect more.”, Pondering that future keeps Ben Hawkins up at night. At fifty-four, Earl was an imposing figure, six feet tall, lean and oxshouldered, with sandpaper hands and a permanent squint. Now it was filled with specimens you might find in a pathology lab. The companies settled about 3,550 personal injury claims arising from the leak of perfluorooctanoic acid, which is also known as PFOA or C-8, from its plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Earl loved his cows, and the cows loved Earl. “That’s the largest gall I ever saw in my life! “just a duke’s mix of everything.” Until lately, the cattle always fattened up nicely on that, plus the corn he grew to finish them and a grain mix he bought from the feed store. His earlier efforts had all revealed unpleasant surprises: tumors, abnormal organs, unnatural smells. He had carried a rifle as he went about the farm, always ready to shoot dinner. Even though he sold them to be finished and slaughtered for beef, he didn’t have the heart to kill one himself, unless it had a broken leg and he needed to end its suffering. The cows grazed on a mixed pasture of white Dutch clover, bluegrass, fescue, red clover . She was diagnosed with an atypical form of bone cancer in her right hip. Joyce graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1992, went off and earned three degrees and came home. But Radmanesh said her mom is a proponent of bringing another controversial industry to the valley: fracking for natural gas. There likewise appears to be a generational divide in willingness to drink the water, despite the filtration installed as a result of the settlement. Her hip and leg had to be amputated; she underwent 18 months of high-dose chemotherapy. Tommy Joyce, the mayor of Parkersburg, is bullish on West Virginia: “We’ve got enough coal to light the world, gas to heat the world and brains to run the world.”, Fellow Parkersburg High grad Brian Flinn, an engineer, worked for DuPont for eight and a half years; he worked with the raw materials of Teflon. Good River: Stories of the Ohio is a series about the environment, economy and culture of the Ohio River watershed, produced by seven nonprofit newsrooms. That thing’s about … oh, two-thirds bigger than it should be.”. Bilott’s class action lawsuit centers on the water contamination from PFOA, which DuPont started using to produce its nonstick coating Teflon at its Parkersburg plant in 1951. Two weeks after he filmed the foamy water, Earl aimed the camcorder at one of his cows. I don’t ever remember seeing that in there before.”, He cut out the heart and sliced it open. The muscle looked fine, but a thin, yellow liquid gathered in the cavity where it once beat. A movement to grant rights to the environment tests the power of local control, Rethinking ORSANCO: How the agency’s role as steadfast defender of the Ohio River has changed over time, The complicated history of the Kinzua Dam and how it changed life for the Seneca people, ‘Unbuilding’: What might happen if dams are removed in the Ohio River watershed, High waters, more hazardous cargo in the Ohio watershed complicate the job of keeping the waterways safe, A Pittsburgh-area test case in working across political boundaries to address flooding. Its head was tipped back at an awkward angle. It had paid for the 150 acres of land his great-grandfather had bought and for the two-story, four-room farmhouse pieced together from trees felled in the woods, dragged across fields, and raised by hand. Dry Run used to flow gin clear. COVID-19 is putting the economy on fast-forward, The two-decade legal battle with DuPont over a toxic chemical, Corporate infighting leaves New Jersey residents unsure who will clean up chemical contamination, Dow DuPont merger spells uncertainty in West Virginia, When coal miners can’t breathe, getting compensation is an uphill legal battle, The agrarian roots of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon whiskey, Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen pleads guilty in hush-money scheme. He’d come for a summer internship in the prosecuting attorney’s office. Dry Run was less than a mile’s walk from the home place, across Lee Creek, through an open field, and along a pair of tire tracks. In 2012, after seven years of study, the panel released a report documenting a probable link between C8 and six conditions: testicular cancer, kidney cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, pregnancy-induced hypertension and high cholesterol. After contacting the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, he felt stonewalled. He’s seen both sides. At PUB, our utility systems serve greater Parkersburg with 32,000+/- residents, and will continue to serve the future needs of our community. “Yes, it is complicated,” her mother, Carolyn Tracewell, said. Higgs graduated from Parkersburg High a year after Joyce, and Joyce’s mother, Barbara, taught him Sunday school. Its surface was matte with a crusty film that wrinkled against the shore. The movie Dark Waters was based on the contamination of water in Parkersburg, West Virginia, with forever chemicals that were allegedly spilled by an area DuPont plant. Don’t understand that at all. The problem had to be Dry Run, he thought. They were each paid $400. DuPont’s own documentation specified that C8 was not to be flushed into surface waters, but the company did so for decades. Did they think no one would notice? “What would it look like if we packed up?”. The Water Department, or Water Utility, provides potable tap water to residential customers, businesses, and others in Wood County. He has a filter installed in his kitchen. The calf was engulfed in a black, humming mist. At age 20, her thyroid began malfunctioning. Taylor Sisk, a Nashville-based healthcare reporter, authored this story for 100 Days in Appalachia. Fortunately, water consumers in the Mid-Ohio Valley have options thanks to the Leach et al class action lawsuit against DuPont over contamination at Washington Works near Parkersburg, West Virginia. He walked there every day to count heads and check fences. The chemical company, DuPont, manufactures products in its Washington Works plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Industries come into their communities, do well for a while, “screw up the environment and then leave.”, “It’s time for something new in West Virginia,” she said. Sometimes the cattle watered at a spring-fed bathtub trough at the farthest end of the field, but mostly they drank from Dry Run. The problem, he thought, was not what they were eating but what they were drinking. But “my heart hurts,” Tracewell said, to think that her daughter’s illnesses might be a consequence of all that. Danzey was a competitive swimmer growing up. I’ll do something about it.”. Cox was a big Ozzy Osbourne fan, and after a grueling regimen of chemo, Hawkins helped arrange backstage passes to a concert, where Osbourne pulled Cox near and shared his own family’s experience with cancer. She had a calf over there. The spleen was thinner and whiter than any spleen he had come cross. The hand that fed did clench. “I really do. She now lives on the other side of the state, in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. That’s very unusual. Joe and Darlene Kiger live just a few miles from where Radmanesh grew up. The last movie he saw in a theater was the remake of “True Grit” nearly a decade ago. Dark Waters is a 2019 American legal thriller film directed by Todd Haynes and written by Mario Correa and Matthew Michael Carnahan.The story dramatizes Robert Bilott's case against the chemical manufacturing corporation DuPont after they contaminated a town with unregulated chemicals. Deitzler was the architect of the decision to use the $70 million to conduct the study. According to a 2007 study, C8 is in the blood of 99.7% of Americans. They don’t know what to say.” The experience has taken a toll — “these people all looking at you as bringing this on them,” Joe said — but they’ve never considered leaving. He died Jan. 28, 2017, at the age of 41, a father of three. In 2012, an independent panel of scientists — the C8 Science Panel — concluded drinking PFAS contaminated water was linked with six diseases, including kidney and testicular cancers. “I’m not done yet,” Joe said. The chemical seeped into the water supplies of the communities of Lubeck and Little Hocking, immediately west of Parkersburg, and the city of Belpre, Ohio, just across the river; and three other water systems. In 2017, DuPont and Chemours agreed to pay $671 million to settle some 3,500 pending lawsuits. People who didn’t know him very well called him Wilbur, but friends and family called him Earl. In less than two years he had lost at least one hundred calves and more than fifty cows. . Not even buzzards and scavengers would eat them. Hawkins asks this: Think about how loyal the people of the Parkersburg community have been to DuPont. But a lot of those same people decided “that Harry Deitzler is a horrible person” for his role in exposing DuPont. The water in Parkersburg, where most of the plaintiffs lived, initially fell just below that threshold. I don’t want to be anywhere else.” But she wants better for West Virginians. “We came from that community and that community did a lot to shape us. (Courtesy Seth Freeman Photography), Weathered signage on the Point Park floodwall greets passersby in downtown Parkersburg, West Virginia, on Nov. 20, 2019. But I don’t believe we can blame the everyday worker.” Her father-in-law worked in the Teflon division. EIN: 41-0953924. Black smoke curled into the daylight. Recently, the cows had started charging, trying to kick him and butt him with their heads, as this one had before she died. Joyce said he’s heard more about his community’s long struggle with corporate environmental malfeasance in the past few weeks than in his previous two and a half years in office. They would nuzzle him as he scratched their heads. “Parkersburg adopted me in 1975,” Deitzler said of his arrival in town. “By the end of the summer, the community was my family,” Deitzler said. His hand shook as he pressed the zoom button, zeroing in on a stagnant pool. “There is about a teacup or so full of it — it’s a real dark yeller. Contaminated Water in the Parkersburg Area in West Stephen Opoku-Duah*, Gordon Wells 1 , Wycliff Kipkomoi , Ashley Wilcox 1 , Dennis Johnson 2 and Mark Wiley 3 1 Ohio Valley University College of Arts and Sciences, Ohio Valley University, 1 Campus View Drive, Vienna, WV 26105 “See how that’s all wallered down? It kicked and thumped and wallered around there like you wouldn’t believe.”. The position didn’t pay enough to cover his room and board, so he took a job in a bar called Friar Tuck’s. Parkersburg, West Virginia Suspected source: Dupont’s Washington Works plant DuPont began using PFOA to manufacture Teflon at its Washington Works plant … actually one house is on Juliana in the historic district and one is on Market outside the district. Dry spells shrank it to a necklace of pools that winked with silver minnows. “What’s next? What if they had the opportunity to extend that same loyalty to a company that’s equally invested in the economic, physical and emotional health of the community? Birds sang through the white-hot humidity as he panned the camcorder across the creek. The following is an excerpt from the first chapter of the book. There’s been fifty-six cows that’s been burnt just like this.”. He’s heard, “If DuPont leaves, we’re done. The farmer’s name was Wilbur Earl Tennant. C8 is found in nonstick pans, waterproof clothing, stain-resistant carpets, microwave popcorn bags, fast-food wrappers and hundreds of other products. Who gets to decide what “feminism” looks like? A collective decision was made to use the money won in the class-action suit to conduct an epidemiological study in which nearly 70,000 of the 80,000 plaintiffs stopped into one of six clinics set up throughout the community, provided their medical histories and offered their blood. Attached to it was a gallbladder that didn’t. PADEN CITY — Residents of Paden City are drinking water contaminated by the presence of a chemical associated with dry cleaning facilities, city officials announced last week. “This cow died about twenty, thirty minutes ago,” Earl said. Earl had sought help, but no one would step up. “I said to her, ‘We’ve already had our water contaminated once. “I certainly hope it didn’t.”, Tracy Danzey was raised in the quiet of Vienna, there with the Rays, the Joneses, the Higgs family. He was speaking to the camcorder pressed to his eye. Hard labor was his birthright. The cattle farmer stood at the edge of a creek that cut through a sun-dappled hollow. “I think it’s terrible, absolutely horrendous what happened because of decisions made for monetary gain. Though Chemours, a spinoff company of DuPont, now operates the Washington Works plant, DuPont maintains a presence in the community. Bubbles formed as it tumbled over stones in a sudsy film. Harry Deitzler served as a lead attorney, among others, in representing the Kigers and tens of thousands of others in the class-action suit. They need it and they deserve it.”. It was a matter of “not wanting to bite the hand that fed you.”. Their innards smelled funny and were sometimes riddled with what looked to him like tumors. Cox, Hawkins and Higgs were among a pack of guys who ran together in high school and stayed close after. “That’s where they’re supposed to come down here and pull water samples, to see what’s in that water.” He pointed the camera at a stagnant pool of water flanked by knee-high grass. He often walked through the woods shirtless and shoeless, his trousers rolled up, and he moved with an agile strength built by a lifetime of doing things like lifting calves over fences. Hunting had been one of Earl’s greatest pleasures. What’s next for the community, and where does this end? When he cut out the other lung, he noted dark purple splotches where they should have been fluffy and pink. The kidneys, too, looked abnormal. Her brother has lupus and had colon cancer, and her sister-in-law has also been diagnosed with lupus. Among Hawkins’ classmates who have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer was Mike Cox, a local dentist. Earl had come to believe that its water was now poisoned — with what, he did not know. Mark Ruffalo stars in the movie as an attorney representing a farmer who believes his livestock is dying after drinking water contaminated by PFAS. “That’s the water right there, underneath that foam,” the farmer said. The Washington Works facility, formerly of DuPont, in Parkersburg, West Virginia, is seen from across the Ohio River on Nov. 20, 2019. the homes I see in Parkersburg would be 4 to 5 times the cost where i live. “That’s home and always will be home,” Hawkins said of Parkersburg. Sure, he paddles in it, but “I try not to get it on me” and never swims in it. Maybe if he filmed it, they could see for themselves and realize he was not just some crazy old farmer. We all want the best for that community … whatever form that can take.”. He remembers DuPont’s participation in his school’s Partners in Education program and riding in parades on DuPont-sponsored floats. He panned again: a bonfire on a grassy slope, a pyre of logs as fat as garbage cans. DuPont settled the suit in 2004 making provisions for water filtration, medical monitoring, and potential personal injury claims if the controversial substance could be scientifically linked to human disease. He couldn’t quite place it. Secret tests conducted in 1984 by the DuPont chemical company found a Teflon-related contaminant (C8) in the tap water of the Little Hocking Water Association in Ohio, just across the river from the company’s Teflon plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Her calf, black and white, lay dead on its side in a circle of matted grass. Where they should have been smooth, they looked ropy, covered with ridges. He was an excellent marksman, and his family had always had enough meat to eat. In Horsham and surrounding towns in eastern Pennsylvania, and at other sites around the United States, the foams once used routinely in firefighting training at military bases contained per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Six leading pathologists from across the country were unable to identify the specific type of cancer. Information submitted to the EPA as part of the investigation into C8 contamination near Parkersburg, West Virginia. (Photo by Lexi Browning/100 Days in Appalachia), Tracy Danzey grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Hawkins was student body president of the Parkersburg High class of 1993. A thicker foam gathered in eddies, trembling like egg whites whipped into stiff peaks so high they sometimes blew off on a breeze. It’s called a “forever chemical” because it never fully degrades. The outcome of the class action lawsuit also funded a 70,000-person health study into the effects of PFOA exposure. She was diagnosed with an atypical form of bone cancer in her right hip. “We’re a community and we all need each other,” Jones said. He hardly ever saw minnows swimming in the creek anymore, except the ones that floated belly up. There’s a lot, Joe said, that DuPont hasn’t yet been held accountable for. Bridges spanning across the Ohio River are seen between West Virginia and Ohio, seen from Parkersburg, West Virginia, where the chemical PFOA leeched into the water supply. “Without question, DuPont was the place to work in the Mid-Ohio Valley for a lot of years.” Many of his classmates grew up in DuPont families. “It don’t do you any good to go to the DNR about it. The carcass was starting to smell. “It’s like, they don’t want that frying pan anymore,” she said, “but they don’t want anything negative, and they’re very resentful of the people that stirred up the trouble.”. Driftwood is scattered along the shoreline at Point Park in Parkersburg, West Virginia, on Nov. 20, 2019. DuPont had been aware since at least the 1960s that C8 was toxic in animals and since the 1970s that there were high concentrations of it in the blood of its factory workers. And I’m gonna cut her open and find out what caused her to die. The Kigers have spent the last two decades working to uncover the impacts and effects of C8 exposure in the region. Standing walleyed in an open field was a polled Hereford — red with a white face and floppy ears. “How would you like for your livestock to have to drink something like that?” he asked his imagined audience. The production of DuPont’s nonstick household products at the Washington Works facility resulted in environmental contamination. Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle against DuPont. (Courtesy Seth Freeman Photography), DuPont had been aware since at least the 1960s that C8 was toxic, nearly 70,000 of the 80,000 plaintiffs stopped into one of six clinics, Could the Ohio River have rights? A DuPont spokesperson provided an overview of its financial and volunteer support initiatives and wrote that the company supports programs and organizations focused on revitalizing neighborhoods and enhancing quality of life; STEM-related initiatives in local schools; and “initiatives that help protect the environment through clean-up or restoration efforts and allow for DuPont Washington Works to show we are a leader in minimizing our environmental footprint within the community.”. It smelled rotten. Our water system is the largest groundwater supplied municipal water system in West Virginia. In the flames, a calf lay broadside, burning. ‘Oh, Beth.’”. PARKERSBURG — The number of Americans impacted by contamination from fluorinated chemicals is much worse than previously estimated, an environmental organization said on Wednesday. In the spring, he would run and catch the calves so his daughters could pet them. On the September Saturday afternoon of the annual Parkersburg Paddlefest, kayaker Travis Hewitt, 31, stood ashore of the point where the Ohio meets the Little Kanawha and said that few people he knows truly believe the water’s safe. As a father, he had watched his little girls splash around in its shallow ripples. Radmanesh grew up less than a mile from the Washington Works plant. My big concern was that these homes, compared to where i live now, are so cheap because people are fleeing the area and the contaminated water. “This is the hundred and seventh calf that’s met this problem right here. Or does it? This area will be like most other towns in West Virginia; it’ll collapse.” He’s also aware of the inherent dangers in living within the shadow of the chemical industry. He worked for BorgWarner, a manufacturing company on the river. “Dark Waters” — a legal thriller starring Mark Ruffalo, with a script inspired by a 2016 New York Times article — tells the epic story of the DuPont corporation’s failure to inform residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley of the considerable health risks of a perfluoroalkyl substance [PFAS] called perfluorooctanoic acid, or C8, for its chain of eight carbons. “Such a wonderful, accepting community.”. The chemical seeped into the water supplies of the communities of Lubeck and Little Hocking, immediately west of Parkersburg, and the city of Belpre, Ohio, just across the river; and three other water systems. But, some three decades later, there was a price to pay for taking on DuPont. His mother’s grandfather had bought this land, and it was the only home he had ever known. “DuPont has been in the Ohio Valley for 70-plus years, and has been a tremendous employer,” he said. Plaintiffs brought claims of PFOA (or C8) contamination of drinking water in six districts in two states near the DuPont Washington Works facility near Parkersburg, West Virginia. For years, DuPont allowed large amounts of C8 from its plant to contaminate the air, groundwater and landfills in the area resulting in contamination of drinking water in six water districts in Ohio and West Virginia. 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