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3M Settles Alabama Drinking Water Contamination Lawsuit for $35 Million

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A north Alabama utility that provides drinking water to thousands of people has reached a settlement in a lawsuit against 3M over chemical contamination.

The West Morgan-East Limestone Water and Sewer Authority sued to make 3M pay for a new filtration system to remove dangerous industrial chemicals that 3M produced for decades along the Tennessee River in Decatur. The advanced water filtration system needed is estimated to cost at least $30 million.

Federal rules prompted a brief scare in 2016 when the water authority warned customers not to drink the water because of chemical contamination. The water authority manager told the public the water was unsafe to drink because the level of PFOA and PFOS chemicals found in it were above the EPA health advisory levels. The hazardous chemicals also are present in off-site dumps and landfills, and the water system authority alleged that 3M waste was a primary source of river contamination.

At least two of the chemicals in the PFAS family, PFOA and PFOS, were contained in sludge dumped on 287 acres of 3M’s riverfront Decatur facility and continue to contaminate the groundwater there, according to 3M filings with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

Cory Watson Attorneys has successfully fought on behalf of hundreds of clients in Ohio and West Virginia, when the DuPont Corporation contaminated water with these same dangerous PFAS chemicals.

What Are The Health Risks of PFAS Chemicals?

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), also known as C-8, has been used in everything from non-stick Teflon cookware to rain-proofed Patagonia sportswear, Scotch Guard and microwave popcorn bags.

The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has stated health risks associated with C-8 chemicals like PFOA and PFOS including kidney and testicular cancer, liver damage, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, infertility, pregnancy-induced hypertension and decreased birth weight.

Let Our C-8 Experience Be Your Strength

Cory Watson Attorneys took a leading role in another C-8 litigation involving chemicals that DuPont used in Teflon production at its Washington Works plant, securing a $671 million settlement for more than 3,500 clients in West Virginia and Ohio. They continue to represent cancer victims in the area.

Cory Watson principal Jon C. Conlin was appointed to serve as Co-Lead Counsel in the consolidated lawsuits against DuPont, MDL 2433. The Cory Watson litigation team also includes principal attorney Beth Chambers and associate attorney Nina Towle Herring.

Our Environmental Injury Attorneys Can Help You

For more than 38 years, Cory Watson has successfully represented clients across the U.S. in water contamination cases involving powerful Fortune 500 companies such as 3M. Our experienced team of attorneys is knowledgeable in the scientific facts and medical issues critical to these cases.

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer after being exposed to contaminated water or toxic chemicals, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our environmental injury lawyers today for a free case evaluation by calling (877) 562-0000 or completing our online consultation form.

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