The toxic culprit, a chemical known as C8 or by the abbreviation of its long name PFOA, came to light during court proceedings after thousands of Parkersburg area residents sued DuPont for polluting their tap water. Internal documents from the company were obtained through the court by lawyers representing the residents.
The tap water of the Little Hocking Water Association in Ohio was tainted with high concentrations of C8 for decades, but they only learned of it in January 2002. It happened after neighboring community of Lubeck informed Little Hocking town officials they had a water contamination and petitioned West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection to do tests.
In 2005, DuPont settled a class-action lawsuit from 70,000 residents of mid-Ohio Valley. As part of the settlement, DuPont is paying for technology to filter, although not eliminate, the toxin from six area water systems.
Every time the people of the mid-Ohio River Valley of West Virginia and Ohio drink a glass of tap water, they are reminded of the industrial chemical linked to cancer, birth defects, heart disease, immune system and pituitary gland damage. It has taken more than a decade after this became known for government regulators to set enforceable standards to ensure safe drinkable water without industrial contamination.
The first of 3,500 personal injury lawsuits from mid-Ohio Valley residents who got sick from drinking the contaminated water went to trial in 2015.
AFTERMATH OF LAWSUITS: ALARMS AND MORE CONTROL NEEDED
The massive class-action lawsuits against DuPont’s C8 or PFOA contamination made available data that scientists had to interpret and this lead to more research and environmental and health risks assessments. Published research found more alarming consequences of this contamination than previously thought. This is true not only for the mid-Ohio Valley, but nationwide.
After EPA set a non-enforceable, temporary, voluntary standard to guide utilities and health officials to reduce peoples’ exposure to C8, it didn’t follow thru to become force of law, so the advisory level is the only federal guidance on how much PFOA is safe in drinking water.
We learned from published research that the smallest amount or concentrations of PFOA are harmful. Even below EPA’s reporting limit, which the EWG and news reports consider too weak to really protect our health.
The filtration systems have cut PFOA in drinking water, yet these are more concerns:
- Even the least amount of PFOA contamination can be harmful considering what new research have found.
- New science indicates that those who drank less contaminated water could also have been harmed.
- An EPA testing program started in 2013 found PFOA in 94 public water systems in 27 states, providing drinking water to more than 6.5 million people. Average levels ranged between five times and 175 times of the new research guide considered as safe.
- EPA officials were in the process of establishing a long-term health advisory level for PFOA in drinking water in 2015, but is remains voluntary. The agency could take until 2021 to decide to set a legally enforceable maximum for PFOA.
FINDING A LAWYER TO FILE A LAWSUIT
Finding a competent lawyer to represent you is probably the only way to get proper compensation for loss of income and long-term medical treatments, as well for the pain and suffering or even death of a loved one if you are a victim of toxic chemicals.
It’s not fair that families and children’s future are destroyed by industrial contamination. Greg Jones Law has the experience and resources to take personal injury cases against giants like DuPont.
Call us at 855-566-3752 or contact us online today to get a free consultation about potential GenX contamination effects. We could take your GenX lawsuit for the contaminated tap water. If there is no recovery, you owe no legal fees. We’re here to help!