Attorneys normal proper to oppose proposed PFAS settlement, for now

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As Maine, different states and the federal authorities more and more perceive and wrestle with the prices of PFAS contamination, there must be little doubt that the producers of those so-called “eternally chemical substances” have to bear the burden of those prices. So we have been inspired when our state, although the Maine lawyer normal, joined the authorized combat towards a number of chemical corporations.

The Maine AG’s workplace, together with 21 different attorneys normal throughout the nation, are additionally making the best name in opposing a possible multi-billion greenback settlement with producer 3M associated to PFAS contamination of public ingesting water. Whereas some kind of settlement is the possible and vital car to assist cope with the impacts of those chemical substances, which in line with the U.S. Environmental Safety Company might result in a variety of well being points, the at the moment proposed settlement is flawed.

Because the objecting group of AGs argued in a current temporary to the U.S. District Courtroom in South Carolina, the greater than $10 billion settlement as at the moment structured may truly shift legal responsibility from 3M to public water methods and taxpayers. The potential settlement additionally doesn’t present sufficient time or readability for particular person water suppliers to find out if their positive aspects within the settlement would truly cowl their PFAS prices and obligations, in line with the attorneys normal.