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Guin drops water lawsuit against 3M

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Updated: Sep. 11, 2020 at 4:55 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - UPDATE: City officials in Guin have dropped a lawsuit filed against chemical giant 3M.

The suit alleged chemicals from the company’s facility had made its way into a creek supplying drinking water to the city. In a statement obtained by WAFF, the Guin Water Works & Sewer Board said it will now work with the company and state officials to investigate and address the presence of the chemicals in the water supply.

See the full statement below:

3M and the City of Guin, Alabama Water Works and Sewer Board (GWWSB) have agreed to cooperatively investigate the presence of the chemicals PFOS and PFOA in certain creeks and streams near 3M Guin. As part of the agreement, GWWSB will dismiss its pending lawsuit while retaining the right to refile the lawsuit if joint efforts do not result in a satisfactory solution. Working with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, 3M and GWWSB will work to identify and study ways to address the presence and levels of PFOS and PFOA in the local water supply, the 3M Guin Industrial Landfill and the GWWSB sewer treatment facility. The parties will fully cooperate and work together diligently in this effort in a timely manner.

ORIGINAL: Another Alabama town is suing for $3 Million after finding high levels of PFAS chemicals in raw water and sewage.

We’re talking about the town of Guin, where a $3 million plant has sat on the town’s only creek since the 1950s.

On September 11, WAFF obtained a letter of notice from the Guin Water Works and Sewer Board.

High levels of chemicals have been found in the town of Guin's water
High levels of chemicals have been found in the town of Guin's water(WAFF)

In the letter, it tells customers that on June 24th, the water authority received a notification from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management warning them of the forever chemicals. It also says the levels present exceed the EPA’s health advisory for PFAS toxins.

The letter states:

“The present water treatment facility is not capable of removing PFAS from the raw water.”

However, the notice to customers does not tell them to stop drinking the water. For now, it’s unclear how high the PFAS levels are, or how dangerous they are.

WAFF is looking into this and will update online and on-air if there is any additional information.

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