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PFAS Government Remediation Lawsuit

Perfluoroalkyl substances, commonly known as PFAS, are synthetic chemicals frequently used across numerous industries. Well-known companies such as DuPont and 3M have considerably increased their profits through the use of PFAS. These chemicals are vital in the production processes within water treatment and textile manufacturing. PFAS finds application in a range of sectors, from home furnishings like upholstery and carpets—contributing to an estimated $1 billion in annual revenue—to aiding in the effectiveness of polishes, paints, and coated surface sprays, bolstering annual revenue by around $100 million. However, PFAS has been identified as harmful to both human health and the environment.

PFAS Applications

Here’s a rundown of the diverse applications of PFAS, highlighting its prevalence:

  • Medical devices
  • Printing inks
  • Hydraulic fluids used in aerospace and automobile industries
  • Colorants in printers and photocopiers
  • Packaging materials for food products
  • Metal plating processes
  • Non-stick coatings in cookware

PFAS chemicals, due to their carcinogenic properties, have attracted the investigative focus of Mountaineer Criminal Law Group, particularly concerning complaints against government agencies for their alleged complicity in their widespread use. PFAS contamination has become a critical concern as it’s been detected in both private and public water supplies. Remediation of these chemicals is notably costly, thus seeking legal counsel from a seasoned West Virginia PFAS lawyer can aid in addressing the industrial repercussions.

Environmental and Health Impacts

Over many years of use, PFAS chemicals have permeated various environmental locations. A revealing report by the Environmental Working Group in June 2017 indicated widespread water contamination in 27 states, putting nearly fifteen million Americans at risk. PFAS are stubborn; they resist degradation, enduring in our ecosystem and affecting water bodies for eons.

The health ramifications of PFAS exposure are dire. Known as a human carcinogen, PFAS is closely associated with life-threatening conditions such as kidney and testicular cancer. Other detrimental effects linked to PFAS exposure include:

  • Thyroid malfunctions and childhood cancers
  • Cognitive impairments and reproductive issues
  • Ulcerative colitis and blood disorders
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Elevated cholesterol levels
  • Pregnancy complications, known as toxemia

How PFAS Contaminates Water

PFAS primarily enters water systems via industrial waste discharge. Once it infiltrates the soil, it taints groundwater sources. The chemical’s resilience against biodegradation means that it can easily integrate into the food chain.

Besides industrial pollution, PFAS also emanate from firefighting training facilities through foam suppressants. Even military bases, such as the Michigan US Air Force Base, have noted PFAS contamination in nearby water wells due to their use as lubricants in aerospace applications.

Addressing PFAS Contamination

Eradicating PFAS from the environment is an arduous and costly task. To remove over 99%% of PFAS and PFOS contaminants, advanced filtration through granular activated carbon is necessary. Short-chain PFAS require even more stringent and expensive treatment methods. Communities face the burden of equipping themselves with proper filtration systems—a tall order with price tags reaching upwards of $1 million. Legal action led by Fairmont DUI Lawyer often challenges government bodies to secure the funds needed for communitywide remediation. For related legal offences, consulting a  Fairmont Criminal Lawyer can provide immediate assistance.

At Mountaineer Law Group, our dedicated West Virginia PFAS lawyers stand ready to advocate for clients’ proper compensation. Contact us for a  complementary consultation on this matter.

In addition to our expertise in PFAS-related cases, we also specialize in defending DUI charges in West Virginia. Should you find yourself in such predicaments, reach out to our Martinsburg criminal lawyer for guidance and support in navigating these complex situations.

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