PFAS Water Remediation Attorneys

Hold PFAS Manufacturers Accountable for Soil & Drinking Water Contamination

Pope McGlamry is reviewing cases from municipalities, counties, and water authorities against the manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to recover current and future costs associated with remediating PFAS contamination to their soil and groundwater. There is currently consolidated litigation underway in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, on behalf of municipal and county water authorities, districts, or other water suppliers against PFAS manufacturers (In re: Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFF) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2873). Any PFAS cases that Pope McGlamry takes on will be filed alongside these other water authorities. If you manage a public water system and you're concerned about PFAS levels or already know that your system has elevated PFAS levels, we want to hear from you.

What Are PFAS?

PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used for decades in industrial settings and in the production of household products such as nonstick pans and waterproof clothing. PFAS, including PFOA, are known as “forever chemicals” because they do not readily biodegrade in the environment, often ending up in the soil and water systems, and in turn, in people. They are known to cause various types of cancer such as kidney and testicular, liver damage, preeclampsia, and fertility issues.

What Is AFFF?

Aqueous film-forming foam, or AFFF, is a type of firefighting foam commonly used to extinguish fires involving flammable liquids, such as gasoline, oil, and jet fuel. AFFF also contains PFAS.

PFAS have been found in drinking water supplies near military bases and airports where AFFFs are commonly used, and there are ongoing efforts to clean up and mitigate the environmental damage caused by these chemicals.

2023 EPA PFAS Limits

On March 14, 2023, the EPA proposed its National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) for 6 PFAS chemicals, marking the first time PFAS chemicals will be regulated in the United States. The NPDWR would establish nationwide, legally enforceable drinking water MCLs, or maximum contaminant levels. The specific PFAS compounds covered by the proposed legislation include:

  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
  • Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS)
  • Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA)
  • GenX Chemicals: hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acid (HFPO-DA)
  • Perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS)
  • Perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS)

How Does This Affect Public Water Systems?

This regulation should be finalized by the end of 2023, after which public water systems will have to conduct regular PFAS testing to monitor for these contaminants. If their water contains more than the new allowable levels of PFAS, they will have to make very expensive improvements to their water treatment facilities in order to properly remediate. Pursuing PFAS litigation can ensure that manufacturers responsible for this contamination, and not taxpayers, will foot the bill for keeping our drinking water safe.

PFAS Case Updates

  • June 2, 2023. PFAS manufacturers Chemours, Corteva, and DuPont have agreed to pay more than $1.1 billion to settle claims related to PFAS contamination in U.S. public water systems. A definitive agreement is expected to be finalized later this year as part of the ongoing federal case in South Carolina. Read more.

Concerned About PFAS Levels in Your Community? We Can Help.

Pope McGlamry is a nationally recognized firm based in Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia. We're known for effective, aggressive counsel in complex litigation, including environmental contamination torts. We handle each case with care, providing clients with regular updates on their legal options or status change in their case. All Pope McGlamry cases are accepted on a contingency basis, meaning clients gain immediate access to legal protection but don't pay anything upfront to participate in litigation. The new EPA regulations affect all municipalities, counties, and water authorities in the United States. To shield your constituents from bearing the financial burden of water remediation and to hold manufacturers accountable for their role in contamination, fill out the form below.
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