Pollution Detective

A science fair project tackles contaminated drinking water and mosquito growth.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM June 19, 2006

Kelydra Welcker's neighbors have an invisible problem.

Kelydra, 17, lives in Parkersburg, W.Va. Nearby, a DuPont chemical plant makes a variety of products, including the nonstick material Teflon. Tiny amounts of an ingredient used to produce Teflon have ended up in the area's water supply. Lab tests have shown that this chemical, known as APFO, is toxic and may cause cancer in animals.

Kelydra Welcker collects a water sample from the Ohio River.

Kelydra Welcker collects a water sample from the Ohio River.

Courtesy of Kelydra Welcker

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