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Blood tests for DuPont's APFO (a.k.a. C-8) planned


Scientists working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are planning human blood tests for a family of chemicals that includes one made at DuPont's Fayetteville plant.

Officials do not yet know when those tests will be conducted, but the results will be added to a growing body of information on the chemicals that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is collecting to determine whether they should be regulated.

The chemical that is manufactured in Fayetteville is called ammonium perfluorooctanoate, or APFO. It and other closely related chemicals are used to produce a host of consumer products, including Teflon pans, stain-resistant carpets and Gore-Tex.

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