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GenX Water Contamination Lawsuit

Lessons we learned from massive lawsuits against Dupont | Wilmington based personal injury attorneys now assisting clients with their GenX Lawsuit

Companies like DuPont’s Chemours usually take chemicals off the market and clean environmental pollution only after their toxic secrets become public and citizens’ outrage turns to lawsuits.

GenX cleanup, DuPont’s PFOA chemical phaseout and 3M’s halted PFOS production are the best examples of only taking remedial action after their secrets were uncovered. Public outcry forced government intervention and enforcement of fines, but the public’s right and need to know wasn’t met until massive lawsuits were filed.

It’s hard for the victims of these companies’ toxic products and environmental contamination to expect the harmful chemicals taken off the market because federal law makes it almost impossible for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban a chemical outright. So, massive lawsuits become the only way to force action and change the outcome.

OUTRAGE BECOMES MASSIVE LAWSUITS

For decades, Dupont hid from the public that one of its ingredients to make Teflon was getting into the drinking water of a community in Ohio, just across the river from its Parkersburg, West Virginia plant. The company knew from secret test done from 1984 to 1989, but never told the residents, the water utility or state regulators.

Before the clandestine water tests, by 1981 DuPont received secret studies from 3M which linked the same Teflon ingredient to birth defects in the eyes of lab rats. An internal document from the same year listed blood tests done on eight DuPont women employees for the suspected chemical compound. Seven of them became pregnant and two had birth defects, according to the confidential document that became public through the lawsuit and is available in the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website.

If you or someone you know has been affected by these issues, Greg Jones Law is currently taking cases regarding GenX contamination of your tap water. Contact us today about your GenX Lawsuit - free case evaluation.

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!

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