The 3M Global Headquarters in Maplewood, Minnesota, U.S. is photographed on March 4, 2020.  REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi

California agency sues 3M, others over groundwater contamination

(Reuters) – California’s largest groundwater agency has sued 3M Co, Corteva Inc, the Chemours Co and different producers and sellers of business and client merchandise over claims they include a poisonous chemical that polluted consuming water in Los Angeles.

The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD), which oversees consuming water provided to 43 cities in Los Angeles County, alleges in a complaint made public Tuesday that the businesses knew merchandise starting from firefighting foam to textiles and non-stick cookware would pollute groundwater with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, however did not warn towards the danger.

The grievance, filed in Charleston, South Carolina federal court docket, seeks a ruling ordering the businesses to pay for investigating and cleansing up wells which have been contaminated with the chemical compound. Up to now, WRD has authorized $34 million in expenditures to assemble water-treatment crops to take away PFAS, in accordance with the grievance.

The lawsuit is the most recent to be filed in South Carolina multidistrict litigation involving PFAS-related claims.

Scientists have related some PFAS, nicknamed “forever chemicals” as a result of they do not break down simply, with diseases similar to kidney most cancers.

Sean Lynch, a 3M spokesperson, stated that the corporate “acted responsibly in connection with products containing PFAS.”

A Corteva spokesperson stated the corporate “does not make or sell any PFAS substances, including the fire-fighting foam described in this lawsuit.”

Chemours didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Ken Sansone, a lawyer representing WRD, stated in a press release that the district “wants to ensure that it is the corporations whose products are responsible for contaminating its water that pay the substantial costs of cleaning it up.”

WRD manages the drinking-water provide for 4 million residents in the USA’ most populous county, the grievance says.

The case is Water Replenishment District of Southern California v. 3M Co, U.S. District Court docket for the District of South Carolina, No. 2:21-cv-03669.

For Water Replenishment District of Southern California: Ken Sansone of SL Environmental Regulation Group; and Robert Bilott of Taft Stettinius and Hollister

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Sebastien Malo

Sebastien Malo reviews on environmental, local weather and vitality litigation. Attain him at [email protected]