Jan 15, 2020

Michigan Sues 17 Chemical Companies for PFAS Manufacturing

Michigan has filed a lawsuit against 17 chemical companies for PFAS manufacturing. 

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Michigan has filed a lawsuit against 17 defendants, including 3M and DuPont for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination.

The lawsuit is the first legal action taken by Michigan against PFAS manufacturers, according to WILX.

The lawsuit asks for compensation for: natural resource damages; loss-of use damages; costs of investigation; costs of testing and monitoring; costs of providing water from an alternate source; costs of installing and maintaining an early PFSAS warning system before it reaches wells; costs of remediating PFAS from natural resources, amongst any other costs or other expenditures addressing PFAS.

"We bring this action today on behalf of the people of Michigan,” said Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. “It is our responsibility to protect our residents and our state’s natural resources and property by preventing and abating hazards to public health, safety, welfare and the environment – and by placing the responsibility for this massive undertaking with those responsible for creating the problem.”

Others named as defendants are: Corteva Inc; Dyneon; Archroma; Arkema; AGC Chemicals Americas Inc; Daikin Industries; Solvay Specialty Polymers and Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, along with all of their entities. The lawsuit was filed in Washtenaw County Circuit Court on Jan. 14, reported WILX.

“Since taking office, I’ve been deliberate and focused on protecting our Great Lakes and cleaning up our drinking water,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Michigan has been established as a national leader in identifying, monitoring and addressing contamination caused by PFAS. As such, we must continue to protect communities all across our state from harmful PFAS chemicals by holding polluters accountable. Future generations of Michiganders are counting on us to get to work today.”

The lawsuit alleges the defendants knew and deliberately concealed the dangers of PFAS. 

“Defendants’ negligent, intentional and reckless actions have contaminated the natural resources of Michigan, harmed Michigan property, and placed Michigan residents at risk,” stated the lawsuit.

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