It wasn’t until 2004, when about 50,000 people (who lived near the DuPont plant in West Virginia) filed a lawsuit with the claim that PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid, released when Teflon is heated over 600 degrees F) caused birth defects and other health problems. Dupont made a settlement with the EPA in December of 2005 based on eight violations for failing to reveal its own findings about the safety of PFOA. In January of 2006, the EPA labeled PFOA a likely human carcinogen.
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