MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority filed a class action lawsuit last year that is pending in federal court against three companies.The suit accuses 3M, Dyneon, and Daikin America of releasing two chemicals into the Tennessee River -- the water source for the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority.
The toxic chemicals called PFOAs and PFOSs are man-made and used to make products water resistant and oil, stain, and grease repellant. Some experts say these chemicals can cause health problems like cancer, immune system issues, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis and high cholesterol.
In a statement 3M issued Thursday, they say the company's activities were not only fully permitted but entirely appropriate and the new water advisories do not necessitate any actions from 3M.
We reached out to 3M and got back the following statement:
The EPA says long-term exposure to excess amounts of these chemicals in the water can be life-threatening. The chemicals could cause developmental issues to fetuses or infants, cancer and liver damage.
Attorneys for 3M reached out to us earlier with statements on health effects, legal claims and 3M's ongoing collaboration with local regulators.
Vice President and Corporate Medical Director for 3M Carol A. Ley says the following:
William Brewer with Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors counsels to 3M. He says the following:
Acting Site Manager in Decatur Robin Higgs says the following:
The case is still in the procedural phase, and no court date has been set.
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