Easton suing chemical manufacturers over PFAS well contamination


The town of Easton has filed a lawsuit against chemical companies whose products containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) the town alleges caused contamination of drinking water, according to a press release issued by the town.

The companies include the 3M Company, Chemguard, Dupont and Tyco.

The suit, filed for the town by the Napoli Shkolnik law firm, is one of thousands of lawsuits filed nationwide by municipalities, residents and firefighters, including more than 100 cases filed by government entities.

The complaint, filed in the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, alleges that the Easton Fire and Rescue Department used aqueous film-forming foam products containing PFOS and PFOA for firefighting activities, unaware of the serious health effects of the PFOA and PFOS chemicals they contain, the release states.

The town of Easton further alleges that PFOA and PFOS caused groundwater contamination to the town’s drinking water supplies.

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~sWicked Local, 8 September 2021