Charleston, WV (AP) - A panel studying possible links between a chemical used at a West Virginia DuPont plant and various diseases says it needs three more months to finish its work.
The C8 Science Panel already concluded there's a probable link to testicular and kidney cancers, and pregnancy-induced hypertension. It didn't find a link between C8 and 19 other cancers.
But the panel tells a Wood County judge it won't be able to meet a July 31 deadline for assessing 14 other diseases.
It says it underestimated the challenge in resolving borderline cases, and each disease must be assessed separately.
The panel says it will file seven reports with the court on July 30 to address: asthma; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; stroke; infectious diseases; thyroid disease; autoimmune disease; and neurologic development in children.