The study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Northeastern University, referred to above, revealed startling results for Alabamians. It was reported that Alabama is tied with New Hampshire for having the second-highest number of sites where drinking water is contaminated with PFCs, behind only New Jersey.
PFC levels exceeding the EPA’s health advisory were measured at five sites in northern Alabama: Decatur, Centre, and three in Etowah County near Gadsden. Lawsuits have already been filed by the impacted water systems against the alleged sources of the contamination. The West Morgan-East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority claims facilities operated by 3M Company, Daikan America, Inc., and Dyneon, LLC in Decatur polluted the Tennessee River, which serves as its drinking water source. That case has settled, in part, with Daikan for $5 million.
Our firm, along with Roger H. Bedford of Roger Bedford & Associates, represents the water systems in Gadsden and Centre. These complaints allege that carpet and textile companies, manufacturers, and chemical suppliers located upstream in Dalton, Georgia, are responsible for contaminating the Coosa River and Weiss Lake.
Our firm is investigating other PFC contamination cases. If you have any questions about this subject, contact Rhon Jones, Rick Stratton, or Ryan Kral, lawyers in our firm’s Toxic Torts Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Rhon.Jones@beasleyallen.com, Rick.Stratton@beasleyallen.com, or Ryan.Kral@beasleyallen.com.
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