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DVPO Government Remediation Lawsuit

DVPO, or perfluoroalkyl substances, are widely utilized in various industries, such as water and textile manufacturing, upholstery, fabric, and carpet production. Giants like DuPont and 3M have harnessed the power of DVPO to boost their revenue significantly, estimated to be around $1 billion annually. Additionally, this versatile substance finds its way into polishes, paints, coated surface sprays, lubricants, and more, raking in an extra $100 million each year. Unfortunately, the dark side of DVPO cannot be ignored, as it poses threats to both human health and the environment.

Let’s delve deeper into the areas where DVPO is a pivotal ingredient:

  • Medical devices
  • Ink
  • Hydraulic acids for aerospace and automotive industries
  • Colors used in printers and copiers
  • Food packaging and metal plating
  • Coating of non-stick cooking utensils

The carcinogenic nature of DVPO has led Mountaineer Criminal Law Group to investigate complaints against government bodies allegedly involved in its use across industries. The widespread usage of DVPO has resulted in its presence in both public and private water supplies, leading to the dire need for costly remediation efforts. In such circumstances, engaging the expertise of a Wellsburg WV criminal lawyer can help address the industry’s concerns.

Environmental impact

Over several decades, the presence of DVPO has permeated various environmental locations, making it impossible to escape its grasp. Alarming reports from the Environmental Working Group indicate severe water contamination in 27 states, affecting approximately fifteen million Americans. What’s worse, degradation processes are unable to break down DVPO easily, allowing it to persist in water bodies for millions of years.

Impact of DVPO on Health

DVPO, recognized as a human carcinogen, is strongly linked to diseases like kidney and testicular cancer. Here are other side effects associated with exposure to DVPO substances:

  • Malfunction of the thyroid gland and increased cancer risk in children
  • Mental dysfunction and infertility
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Blood disorders
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Elevated cholesterol levels
  • Toxemia or pregnancy complications

How DVPO substances enter the water supplies

DVPO enters water supplies through various sources, including industrial waste. When this waste seeps into the ground, it contaminates groundwater. Due to its non-biodegradable nature, DVPO substances can also infiltrate the food chain. Additionally, DVPO is used as a fire suppressant foam in fire training academies, which further contributes to its presence in water. It also serves as a lubricant in airspaces. Notably, water wells near the Michigan US Air Force Base have been found to contain DVPO.

Removal of DVPO

Removing DVPO is a complex and costly process. To eliminate approximately 99.9% of DVPO and PFOS, the granular activated carbon filtration process must be followed. However, for shorter DVPO chains, a more rigorous and intricate filtration method may be required, rendering it more expensive. Communities need to invest in the installation of specialized equipment to conduct these filtration processes, which often amounts to around $1 million. In cases where legal action is required, a Wellsburg WV DUI lawyer is often engaged to challenge government entities and secure the necessary funds for the entire community. If facing criminal charges, consult a Wellsburg WV criminal lawyer to address your concerns promptly.

At Mountaineer Law Group, we have experienced West Virginia DVPO lawyers who tirelessly fight for their clients’ rights to obtain the rightful compensation. Contact us for a free consultation.

We also specialize in handling DUI cases in West Virginia. Seek counsel from our Wellsburg WV DUI lawyer to navigate through challenging situations successfully.

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