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PARKERSBURG (AP) — DuPont is facing three lawsuits in West Virginia over exposure to a chemical used by one of its plants.

Two of the lawsuits filed in Wood County Circuit Court are personal injury cases. The third is a wrongful death lawsuit.

Charleston attorney Kathy Brown filed all three lawsuits. She said the cases are separate from an earlier class-action lawsuit that claimed water supplies in West Virginia and Ohio were contaminated with C8.

DuPont uses C8 at its Washington Works plant near Parkersburg.

DuPont spokesman Dan Turner says the company will defend itself against any personal injury lawsuits that aren't based upon valid science.

He says such lawsuits ignore family history and lifestyle choices as a primary cause of health problems in specific individuals.

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