Chemours, DuPont, and Corteva Provide Update and Affirm Support for PFAS Settlement with U.S. Water Systems

WILMINGTON, Del.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$CC–The Chemours Company (NYSE: CC), DuPont de Nemours, Inc. (NYSE: DD) and Corteva, Inc. (NYSE: CTVA) (the “Companies”) today announced their continued support for the June 30, 2023, agreement to comprehensively resolve PFAS1-related drinking water claims of a defined class2 of public water systems.


On December 20th, the notice administrator in the South Carolina aqueous film-forming foam multi-district litigation (“AFFF MDL”) requested an extension until January 3, 2024, to file with the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina the list of public water systems that have opted out of the settlement class.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Companies have until today to exercise their walk-away rights based on the number of opt outs from the class. The Companies have sufficient insight into this process to determine that they remain in favor of the settlement and do not intend to exercise that right.

The court on December 7, 2023, issued an order allowing water systems that elected to opt out of the settlement to rejoin the settlement class until as late as March 1, 2024. On December 14, 2023, the court held a fairness hearing on final approval of the settlement; the Companies await the court’s final order and support final approval.

About The Chemours Company

The Chemours Company (NYSE: CC) is a global leader in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, and Advanced Performance Materials providing its customers with solutions in a wide range of industries with market-defining products, application expertise and chemistry-based innovations. We deliver customized solutions with a wide range of industrial and specialty chemicals products for markets, including coatings, plastics, refrigeration and air conditioning, transportation, semiconductor and consumer electronics, general industrial, and oil and gas. The company has approximately 6,600 employees and 29 manufacturing sites serving approximately 2,900 customers in approximately 120 countries. Chemours is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol CC.

For more information, we invite you to visit investors.chemours.com or follow us on Twitter @Chemours or LinkedIn.

About DuPont

DuPont (NYSE: DD) is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Our employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, construction, water, healthcare and worker safety. More information about the company, its businesses and solutions can be found at www.dupont.com. Investors can access information included on the Investor Relations section of the website at investors.dupont.com.

DuPont™, the DuPont Oval Logo, and all trademarks and service marks denoted with ™, SM or ® are owned by affiliates of DuPont de Nemours, Inc. unless otherwise noted.

About Corteva

Corteva, Inc. (NYSE: CTVA) is a global pure-play agriculture company that combines industry-leading innovation, high-touch customer engagement and operational execution to profitably deliver solutions for the world’s most pressing agriculture challenges. Corteva generates advantaged market preference through its unique distribution strategy, together with its balanced and globally diverse mix of seed, crop protection, and digital products and services. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and a technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the Company is committed to maximizing productivity for farmers, while working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. More information can be found at www.corteva.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including Section 27A of the Securities Act, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). Forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and expectations of future events that may not be accurate or realized and often contain words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” “see,” “will,” “would,” “estimate”, “target,” similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain, such as statements about the settlement with plaintiff water utilities concerning PFAS liabilities. Factors that could cause or contribute to these differences include, but are not limited to: final court approval of the settlement; the outcome of any pending or future litigation related to PFAS or PFOA, including personal injury claims and natural resource damages claims; the extent and cost of ongoing remediation obligations and potential future remediation obligations; changes in laws and regulations applicable to PFAS chemicals; the final level of opt-out exclusions from the settlement. Unlisted factors may present significant additional obstacles to the realization of forward-looking statements. Further lists and descriptions of risks and uncertainties can be found in each of Chemours’, DuPont’s and Corteva’s respective annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, and each of Chemours’, DuPont’s and Corteva’s respective subsequent reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. Consequences of material differences in results as compared with those anticipated in the forward-looking statements could include, among other things, business disruption, operational problems, financial loss, legal liability to third parties and similar risks, any of which could have a material adverse effect on each of Chemours’, DuPont’s or Corteva’s respective consolidated financial condition, results of operations, credit rating or liquidity. None of Chemours, DuPont or Corteva assumes any obligation to publicly provide revisions or updates to any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by securities and other applicable laws.

1 PFAS, as defined in this settlement, includes PFOA and HFPO-DA among a broad range of fluorinated organic substances.

2 The class is composed of all Public Water Systems, as defined in 42 U.S.C § 300f, with a current detection of PFAS or that are currently required to monitor for PFAS under the EPA’s Fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (“UCMR 5”) or other applicable federal or state law. Approximately 88 percent of the U.S. is served by systems required to test under UCMR 5.

Contacts

Chemours – Investors
Brandon Ontjes

+1.302.773.3300

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Kurt Bonner
+1.302.773.0026
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Chemours – Media
Cassie Olszewski

+1.302.219.7140

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DuPont – Investors
Christopher Mecray
+1.917.517.3388
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DuPont – Media
Dan Turner
+1.302.299.7628
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Corteva – Investors
Kim Booth
+1.302.485.3190
[email protected]

Corteva – Media
Bethany Shively
+1.202.997.9438
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