3 Companies to pay Delaware millions over damage from PFAS

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DuPont, Chemours, and Corteva will spend millions of dollars on the state of Delaware. As per a settlement came between the Delaware Department of Justice and the three organizations. An agreement that considers the organizations liable for quite a long time of damage done to Delaware’s environment through poisonous chemical compounds known as PFAS.

The settlement was announced on Tuesday afternoon and resulted in a 50 million dollar to Delaware, to be paid immediately.

The companies are obliged to pay an additional 12.5 million dollars if they settle similar claims with other states for more than $50 million.

DuPont and Corteva will pay 12.5 million dollars each, and Chemours will produce 25 million dollars.

“I think it’s important to keep the health of our citizens paramount in our state,” Jennings said in an interview. Jennings Kathy is an Attorney General, he said in an interview with The News Journal. “It doesn’t matter who you are, what your corporate name is, or what you’ve done in the state of Delaware. It’s not OK to either break the law or do damage to our citizens,” he said further.

Earlier this year, Jennings’ justice department had decided to file a massive lawsuit against DuPont, Chemours, and Corteva.

Delaware Department spent almost two to three years on its investigation consisting of environmental sampling, forensic analysis, and a review of corporate records. In addition, the department looked for financial harms and costs necessary to restore affected natural resources and funding for state-run public health programs.

It was impossible to achieve this settlement without the goodwill and assistance of all parties, Ed Breen, executive chairman and CEO of DuPont, said in a statement. “That goodwill is borne out of the Companies’ more than 200-year relationship to the State, its people, and its economy,” he said further.

Delawareans should not be panicked by the information contained in the settlement, Jennings said. The payment damages the state’s environment and does not directly link DuPont’s negligence to human harm.

“Any environmental damage is concerning,” Jennings said. “The greatest concern that exists, not only in Delaware but elsewhere, is ‘What does our drinking water look like?’ So we want to make sure that the public is aware that they can contact their water supplier and make sure that PFAS is being filtered.”

“That’s the number one concern, and that can be handled with filtration systems and is a major reason we arrived at the figure, to make sure there was enough money for Delawareans to rest assured that their drinking water is safe,” he said.

“I don’t want people to be unduly alarmed, and this is good news; it is to remediate PFAS that has existed in the environment historically and that we’re aware of that exists historically. And that we believe people should be protected from with safe drinking water and other measures.”

The settlement funds announced will be used for the following purposes.

  • purifying water
  • restoring natural resources
  • testing to confirm the presence and level of PFAS and contaminants
  • research and development, and more.

 

 

What is PFAS or Forever Chemicals?

Polyfluoroalkyl substances PFAS were first manufactured in the 1940s and are a synthetic organofluorine chemical compound that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals. PFAs are used in numerous factories and consumer products around the world.

Most commonly manufactured and studied PFAS includes perfluorooctanoic acid PFOA and PFOS. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to break down PFOA and PFOS, and they quickly accumulate in the human body. Therefore exposure to PFAS can cause damage to the immune system and lead to adverse health effects.

PFAS chemicals are commonly found in the following

  • food packaged materials
  • commercial household products
  • soil, water
  • waxes, oil, polishes, paints
  • fish and animals
  • firefighting foams

Though firefighting foams are incredibly effective in suppressing fire, they are also a significant source of PFAS pollution in the United States and other countries.

Center for disease control and prevention CDC reported that PFAS are dangerous to a human’s health. Agency for toxic substances and diseases registry revealed that PFOA and PFOS caused reproductive and developmental, liver and kidney, and immunological effects in laboratory animals. In addition, both chemicals and other PFAS have caused tumors in animal studies.

The most common and accurate findings from human epidemiology studies are increased cholesterol levels among the population exposed to PFAS. And they are less involved in infant birth weights, immune system, cancer (for PFOA), and thyroid hormone disruption (for PFOS).

Environmental Protection Agency EPA is playing its role by identifying solutions to address the amount of PFAS in the environment.