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Chemical Giants Pay $1.19 Billion to Settle Toxic Water Claims

Three major chemical companies have agreed to pay $1.19 billion to settle claims that their products contaminated drinking water with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The companies — Chemours, DuPont, and Corteva — are facing thousands of lawsuits from people who say their drinking water was contaminated with PFAS, a group of chemicals that have been linked to a number of health problems, including cancer, thyroid disease, and reproductive problems.

The settlement, which is still subject to court approval, would create a $680 million fund to pay for health screenings and medical expenses for people who have been exposed to PFAS. The remaining $510 million would be used to clean up contaminated drinking water supplies.

“This is a historic settlement that will provide much-needed relief to the thousands of people who have been harmed by PFAS contamination,” said Teresa Gavin, an attorney for the plaintiffs. “It is also a major victory for our clients and for the public health.”

The settlement is the largest ever reached in a PFAS case. It is also a sign that the legal tide is turning against the chemical industry. In recent years, a number of other companies have been forced to pay millions of dollars to settle PFAS claims.

The settlement is a major step forward in the fight against PFAS contamination. However, it is important to note that it does not address the root cause of the problem. PFAS are still being produced and used in a wide range of products, including non-stick cookware, food packaging, and firefighting foam.

Until the production and use of PFAS is banned, the risk of contamination will remain. This is why it is important to continue to fight for stronger regulations on PFAS and to hold the chemical industry accountable for the damage it has caused.

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