EPA - Teflon

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Allegations that DuPont hid information about the dangers of a toxic chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon will cost the chemical giant (m) millions.

Environmental Protection Agency officials say DuPont has agreed to pay ten and a-quarter (m) million dollars in fines and another six and a-quarter (m) million for environmental projects.

The settlement is the largest civil administrative penalty E-P-A has obtained under any federal environmental statute.

The E-P-A accused DuPont of withholding information for more than 20 years about the health effects of the chemical P-F-O-A, also known as C-Eight, and about the pollution of water supplies near the company's plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia.