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  1. parkersburg west virginia

    Was Ailing Town the World’s Canary?

    The factory brought jobs, and residents of Parkersburg, W. Va., were grateful. But cows died near the plant’s landfill, and then came birth defects and cancer, pitting farmers and factory workers against both DuPont — the multinational behind Teflon and Kevlar — and employees unwilling to lose their paychecks. Many plaintiffs died before they could collect from a $374 million settlement over the company’s use of C8, a contaminant that’s also a common plastics ingredient found the world over. Now scientists argue that C8’s replacements pose risks and are urging the government to restrict their use.

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