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PFAS Litigation, What to know

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Introduction
PFAS are dangerous chemicals present in our drinking water. They include thousands of manufactured chemicals used primarily in cookware, makeup, and adhesives. The CDC has said that these chemicals pose different health risks, such as hormonal problems, thyroid problems, and certain cancers. [1] The EPA has recently set up a health advisory level for tap water of 70 parts per trillion (PPT).[2]

PFAS Effects in States
Other states have already seen the impact of PFAS. In Fayetteville, North Carolina, a chemical manufacturing company was sued for dumping chemicals into the local Cape ear River a drinking water supply for over 300,000 North Carolinians. The company was forced to clean up the site and provide recovery for those affected by the PFAS. [3]
In West Virginia, a class action lawsuit involving PFAS exposure was settled involving the Dupont Washington Works plant, with the settlement providing relief to about 80,000 people living near the plant. [4]

PFAS Data
The FIU Institute of Environment measured the levels of these pollutants in South Florida. Around 30 different PFAS were found in Miami, Broward, and Palm Beach tap water. The average total PFAS levels found in the water were 86.3 PPT, higher than the recommended level. Additionally, water in the canals and Biscayne Bay around Miami contained about 46.3 PPT. These numbers are bound to increase in the coming years due to other pollution issues. [5]
Furthermore, in the Delray Beach area, a study was found that the drinking water was noted to be about 148 PPT. This is almost double the EPA advisory limit. [6] In Brevard County, researchers from the University of Florida are testing the waters finding high levels of PFAS.

Sewage coming from the Patrick Space Force Base is the primary cause of the higher levels. Until phasing them out 5 years ago, the base used firefighting foams that contained PFAS. Levels were found to be at 294 PPT at the sewage system around the base, way above the EPA advisory limit. [7] The increased levels of PFAS in the drinking water can cause adverse health effects and is a serious issue occurring throughout the nation.

Michael Brady Lynch Firm
Here at the Michael Brady Lynch Firm, we litigate PFAS cases. If you or a loved one have been injured by this contamination in your water, please give us a call at 888-585-5970.

Citations
[1] https://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/PFAS_FactSheet.html
[2] https://www.epa.gov/pfas/pfas-explained
[3] https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2022/03/19/pfas-found-in-cumberland-county-wells-25-miles-from-chemours/
[4] https://ehsdailyadvisor.blr.com/2022/01/dupont-water-contamination-case-dismissed/
[5] https://news.fiu.edu/2021/pfas-found-in-tap-water-raise-questions-for-scientists
[6] https://www.militarypoisons.org/latest-news/the-water-in-delray-beach-florida-is-heavily-contaminated-with-pfas
[7] https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/environment/2021/06/09/forever-chemicals-high-south-patrick-cocoa-beach-area-brevard-pfas-patrick-space-force-base-florida/5019532001/

Date: July 8, 2022

Authors: Brandon Salter, Esq.

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