California sues chemical makers for harm to public health and environment

California Attorney General Rob Bonta is suing several large chemical companies, citing permanent damage to public health and the environment.

The lawsuit targets manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances – or SPFA. Du Pont and 3M The company is among those named in the lawsuit filed in state Superior Court in Alameda on November 10.

The attorney general’s office says the company’s so-called “eternal chemicals” have contaminated rivers, streams, wildlife and soil across the state. His office estimates that about 98% of Californians have measurable amounts of the chemicals in their bloodstream.

“PFAS are as ubiquitous in California as they are harmful,” Bonta wrote Nov. 10 on Twitter. “We are suing for damages and demanding measures to minimize impacts on human health and the environment.”

Chemicals are most commonly used in fire fighting foams, fast food wrappers, waxes, cleaning products, microwave popcorn, non-stick pots and pans, pesticides, heavy duty clothing water and stain resistant furniture, among other everyday items.

One of the substances examined, called perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), has been manufactured exclusively by 3M since the 1940s and has been used in fire fighting foams by the military, airports, refineries and fire departments. before being removed in the early 2000s. according to Bonta.

The 3M logo at its global headquarters in Maplewood, Minnesota on March 4, 2020. (Nicholas Pfosi/Reuters)

A 3M spokesperson told The Epoch Times in an email, “3M has acted responsibly with respect to products containing PFAS and will defend its record of environmental stewardship.”

The lawsuit names two DuPont companies, EI DuPont De Nemours and DuPont De Nemours, Inc.

A spokesperson for the latter told The Epoch Times that the company never made fire-fighting foam or two other substances named in the lawsuit.

“While we do not comment on pending litigation, we believe these complaints are without merit and the latest example of DuPont de Nemours being misnamed in litigation. We look forward to vigorously defending our safety, health and environmental stewardship record,” DuPont de Nemours spokesman Daniel Turner said in an email.

Jill McLaughlin