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PFAS Government Remediation Lawsuit
PFAS also known as perfluoroalkyl substances are commonly used across different industry verticals and companies like DuPoint and 3M which allowed them to boost revenue radically. PFAS is one of the most crucial substances to be used in the manufacturing processes of water and textile industries. Besides, it is widely used in the upholstery, fabric, and carpet industries and the annual revenue may go up to about $ 1 billion. PFAS is also commonly used for polishes, paints, sprays for coated surfaces, and lubricants, revving up the revenue by about $100 million every year. Unfortunately, the substances harm health and the environment.
PFAS is a critical ingredient used for manufacturing the following things.
- Medical devices
- Hydraulic acids for aerospace and automobile
- Medical devices
- Colors used in printers and copiers
- For food packaging and metal plating
- Coating of non-stick cooking substances
PFAS is a carcinogenic substance and the reason why Mountaineer Criminal Law Group investigates the complaints registered against the government bodies known for the alleged use of PFAS in different industries. Due to widespread usage in different industries, PFAS substances are often found in private and public water supplies. Remediation of PFAS substances is extraneously expensive, so hiring a West Virginia PFAS lawyer helps in addressing the industry woes.
PFAS substances have been in use for several decades, which is why you will always find them in different locations of the environment. Based on a report published in June 2017, The Environmental Working Group claimed that water is severely contaminated in about 27 states, affecting around fifteen million Americans. The worst thing is that the substances cannot be easily degraded in a degradation process. Therefore, it sticks to the environment and affects the water bodies for millions of years.
Impact on health
PFAS is identified as a human carcinogen and is deeply linked with diseases like kidney and testicular cancer. Here are the other side effects associated with exposure to PFAS substances.
- Malfunction of thyroid and cancer in kids
- Mental dysfunction and infertility
- Ulcerative colitis
- Disorders of blood
- Autoimmune diseases
- High cholesterol levels
- Toxemia or complications during pregnancy
How PFAS substances enter the water supplies
One of the ways in which the PFAS are released into the water is through industrial waste. Furthermore, when the waste matter creeps into the ground, it impacts the groundwater supply. Being a non-biodegradable material, the substances may become a part of the food chain as well.
The fire training academies also use PFAS substances in the form of suppressant foam and places ravaged by huge fires are likely to have PFAS as well. Moreover, it functions as a lubricant in the air spaces as well. No wonder, the water wells situated close to the Michigan US Air Force Base also contain PFAS.
Removal of PFAS
The removal of PFAS is a challenging and expensive process. To remove about 99.9% of PFAS and PFOS, you need to follow the granular activated carbon filtration process. For the shorter PFAS chains, a more rigorous and complicated filtration method may prove more expensive. Communities require installing the equipment to conduct the filtration but all this comes with a heavy price of about $1 million. A Cleveland PFAS lawyer is usually appointed to challenge various government entities and recover the money needed for this process for the entire community. For felonies related to any case, you can hire a Martinsburg criminal lawyer and get your issues addressed right away.
Mountaineer Law Group has experienced West Virginia PFAS lawyers to fight on behalf of their clients to get the right compensation. Call us for a free consultation.
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