PFAS Contamination in Our Water Supply?
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s. They are found in m
any everyday products, including food packaging, textiles, and non-stick cookware. PFAS can enter the environment through manufacturing facilities, airports, and military installations where firefighting foam containing PFAS was used. These chemicals are persistent in the environment and can accumulate in the human body over time. According to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an independent research and consumer watchdog organization pushing to limit exposure to chemicals through water, food and household products, some level of PFAS have been found in water samples of 2,790 communities across 49 states. More recent testing found high PFAS levels in drinking water in 34 major US cities. Some researchers say nearly every source of surface water in the country is contaminated.
The EPA has not established national drinking water regulations for PFAS. However, in 2022 the EPA revised its health advisory to conclude that some negative health effects may occur with concentrations of PFAs substances in water that are below the EPA’s ability to detect at this time. The lower the level of PFAs substances, the lower the risk to public health. For information regarding Alabama Department of Environmental Management’s recent testing of the state’s water supply: https://adem.alabama.gov/programs/water/drinkingwater/files/AllPFASResults.pdf
Numerous lawsuits have been filed against PFAs manufacturers. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has consolidated and centralized these lawsuits in an MDL (Multidistrict Litigatio
n), and appointed U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel to preside over coordinated discovery and pretrial proceedings out of the District of South Carolina. You may be eligible to file a lawsuit for PFAs exposure. Currently, Boteler Richardson Wolfe is representing clients who:
- Received a diagnosis of testicular or kidney cancer since 2000.
- Drank from a contaminated water supply from 1990 to present for over six months. (Each claimant must be able to establish exposure to the contaminated water supply).
If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, call us @ 251.433.7766.
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