State attorney general sues DuPont in chemical leak case

FILE – In this April 27, 2016, file photo, Ohio State Attorney General Mike DeWine, right, speaks to reporters alongside Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, left, during a news conference in Waverly, Ohio. DeWine and Reader planned a news conference Thursday, April 13, 2017, about the unsolved killings of seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family whose bodies were found at four homes near Piketon, Ohio, on April 22, 2016, as the anniversary of the massacre approaches. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s attorney general has sued DuPont over the company’s decades-long release of a chemical from a plant in West Virginia.
At issue is the dumping of the chemical C8 into the Ohio River from the DuPont Co. Washington Works plant, near Parkersburg, West Virginia.
The lawsuit filed Thursday by Republican Mike DeWine says Wilmington, Delaware-based DuPont released C8 for decades beginning in the 1950s despite knowing risks it posed to Ohio’s citizens and natural resources.
The lawsuit is one of thousands of state and federal complaints filed against DuPont over C8 in recent years. The company has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to settle lawsuits.
DuPont spokesman Dan Turner said the company hadn’t seen the Ohio lawsuit and couldn’t comment.