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Fourth Trial On DuPont Chemical Contaminating Drinking Water Begins


Another one of the thousands of lawsuits claiming links between people's illnesses and a chemical DuPont discharged into drinking water began Tuesday in Columbus. 

This is just the fourth of the more than 3,000 cases against DuPont to make it to trial. It comes from a Washington County man who says he got testicular cancer because of the chemical known as C8, which is used to make Teflon.

C8 was dumped from a DuPont plant in West Virginia, although the chemical giant says it didn't consciously disregard risks to nearby residents.  
DuPont has agreed to start phasing out the use of C8.
Of the other three cases to make it to trial, one was dismissed, another was settled, and a third resulted in a $1.6 million award for the plaintiff. That ruling is under appeal.